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June 2, 2014

Cherokee County man, 79, sentenced to life for child sex crimes

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that a 79-year-old Cherokee County man has been sentenced to life in prison on six counts of child sex crimes.

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that a 79-year-old Cherokee County man has been sentenced to life in prison on six counts of child sex crimes.

Stanley W. Pickering received two consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole for 50 years in the Kansas Department of Corrections. The sentence was pronounced by Judge Kurtis I. Loy.

Pickering, of Baxter Springs, pleaded guilty in April to one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, according to a news release issued by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

The news release indicated two of the counts were charged under Jessica’s Law.

All of the victims were under age 14 at the time of the offenses.

Authorities were notified of the offenses when one of Pickering’s victims, now an adult, made a report to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation last November. An investigation revealed more victims with abuses from Pickering spanning 35 years.

Assistant Attorney General Christine Ladner prosecuted the case.

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