A Derby mans sex crime against a 5-year-old boy was unrelated to a youth soccer program the man had coordinated, the childs mother said Thursday.
The woman said her son is a relative of the man, identified by authorities as Leon James Knabe, 57.
From what she knows of the investigation, Knabe is not suspected of other crimes, she said. To protect the identity of her child, The Eagle is not naming her.
The District Attorneys Office announced Wednesday that Knabe had been sentenced that afternoon to almost three years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated indecent solicitation of a 5-year-old boy. After his release from prison, Knabe must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, the office said.
The DAs office also said Knabe is a former coordinator of youth soccer for his Derby church.
On Thursday, district attorney spokesman Dan Dillon, responding to questions from The Eagle about Knabes church role, said the victim was not a member of the church-affiliated soccer teams. Dillon said that Knabe knew the victim.
Also Thursday, Knabes defense attorney, Trevor Riddle, said: The allegations against Mr. Kanabe in this case had nothing to do, nor any connection, with his church nor with his participation in any church activities.
This case is now resolved, and we would ask everyone to respect the privacy of those involved, Riddle said, declining to comment further.
Knabe had been arrested and originally charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a crime that can be prosecuted under Jessicas Law, leading to a mandatory life sentence without parole for 25 years. The original charge accused him of lewd fondling or touching of the boy around Oct. 12. But in June, shortly before his trial, Knabe accepted a plea deal for a less serious felony crime aggravated indecent solicitation, which is enticing or persuading a child to commit a sex act, according to court documents.
The prosecutor discussed the plea with the boys family, and we were satisfied with the plea agreement, the boys mother said Thursday.
She said the crime and fallout have been very difficult on the family, but we have all handled it.
Her child is doing well, she said.
Were grateful to the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, which has provided free therapy, she said.
On Aug. 6, Knabes attorney, Riddle, filed a document in court arguing for probation, describing Knabe as a doting husband, loving father, devoted church member, and trusted friend. He also comes before this Court a humbled and remorseful man.
Knabe has a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and had been employed at the same engineering business since 1993, the attorney said.