Hutchinson man charged with groping children appears in court

09/17/2013 8:47 AM

09/17/2013 8:49 AM

The 21-year-old Hutchinson man arrested on charges alleging he broke into a home and groped three children made his first appearance in court Monday morning.

Hutchinson police officers arrested Tyler Lee Ford at about 2 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. County Magistrate Judge Randall McEwen denied Ford’s request to lower his $85,000 bond and Ford remains in the Reno County jail.

McEwen said Ford touched the children while they were in bed. Reno County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Davidson called Ford a “danger to society,” saying that what he did was frightening for all area parents.

Ford will appear next in court for a conference hearing on Sept. 18.

Police said Ford did not know the girls, two of whom are 9 and one of whom is 10.

Police found Ford’s cellphone in the girls’ bedroom after the father chased him from the home and reported the incident. Officers found Ford walking in the area.

According to Kansas Department of Corrections records, Ford is under Community Corrections supervision for two burglary and theft convictions in 2012 and 2013.

Indecent liberties with a child is a Jessica’s Law charge, which mandates a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

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