A Derby church's youth soccer coordinator has been sentenced to 34 months in prison after pleading guilty last month to a reduced charge in a sex crimes case involving a 5-year-old boy.
Leon James Knabe, 57, was arrested and charged in October with aggravated indecent liberties with a child. But in June, just prior to the scheduled start of his trial, he accepted a plea deal that lessened the charge to aggravated indecent solicitation of a child – enticing or persuading a child to commit a sex act – court records show.
On Wednesday, Sedgwick County District Court Judge Joe Kisner imposed the nearly three-year prison term, according to a news release from Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett. Knabe, who records show had no prior criminal history, had asked for probation, according to court documents.
In the original complaint, Knabe was charged with “lewd fondling or touching” of the 5-year-old on or about Oct. 12, 2012, “with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child, the defendant (Knabe) or both.” Aggravated indecent liberties with a child is a crime prosecutable under Jessica’s Law, which draws a mandatory life sentence without parole for 25 years.
Knabe will be required to register as a sex offender for life, according to the D.A.’s office.