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Wichita man, 22, charged in alleged molestation of girl

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.

Prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Wichita man with a Jessica’s Law crime in the alleged molestation of a 7-year-old girl between March and May.

Juan Lira made his first appearance Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court on one count of aggravated criminal sodomy. He was arrested on suspicion of the alleged offense May 22, Wichita police records show, after a woman told police that the child said she had been touched inappropriately.

Lira is due back in court June 11 for a preliminary hearing, according to court documents. He is being held in Sedgwick County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The standard sentence for people convicted of a Jessica’s Law crime is life in prison without parole eligibility for 25 years. The law covers certain sex offenses involving adult perpetrators and victims younger than 14, including rape, aggravated indecent liberties, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated human trafficking.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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