Story originally publshed on July 31, 2008
NESS CITY - A western Kansas man whose girlfriend became physically stuck to the toilet after refusing to leave their bathroom for two years will spend six months on probation.
Kory McFarren pleaded no contest last month to a misdemeanor count of mistreatment of a dependent adult.
Ness County District Court Magistrate James Kepple sentenced McFarren on Tuesday to six months in jail, but granted the probation after the victim sent a written statement and phoned Kepple asking for leniency for McFarren.
"She didn't believe that her circumstances were his fault, " Ness County Attorney Craig Crosswhite said.
Relatives of the woman have said she and McFarren lived together for 16 years.
Her plight came to light in late February when McFarren called the Ness County sheriff, expressing concern about his girlfriend.
When authorities arrived at the Ness City home, they found her physically stuck to the toilet.
McFarren told police his girlfriend had refused to come out of the bathroom for two years. Medical personnel estimated she'd been sitting on the toilet for at least a month and said the seat had adhered to sores on her body.
She spent several months recovering in a Wichita hospital.
Crosswhite said he believes she now is out of the hospital, but had little knowledge of her status beyond that. She is under the protection of a non-fami ly guardian who was appointed through the legal department at the hospital where she received treatment.
Conditions of McFarren's probation include an order to receive a mental health evaluation. If he violates his probation, McFarren may be ordered to serve the jail time, Crosswhite said.
Also Tuesday, McFarren was sentenced to six months in jail for an unrelated charge of lewd and lascivious behavior resulting from an incident in March, when McFarren exposed himself to a teenage neighbor.
Kepple placed McFarren on a consecutive year of probation in that case and ordered him to pay for various costs plus a $100 fee to go to the state-ma ndated Children's Advocacy fund. McFarren was also given 60 days to build a fence between his and his neighbor's property.