Kansas judge's order for sex-offender signs is overturned

WICHITA | A state appeals court has overturned a judge's order that a Hudson man post signs around his house proclaiming that he is a sex offender.

The three-judge panel ruled Friday that Stafford County District Judge Ron L. Svaty overstepped his authority last year by placing the requirement on 73-year-old Leroy Schad.

Schad pleaded guilty in March 2007 of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.

Quoting the 1960s television series "Branded," the ruling said public humiliation such as signs doesn't help rehabilitate sexual offenders.

The appeals court also instructed Svaty to reconsider the five years probation he imposed on Schad, noting that the sentencing guidelines called for three, and allow Schad to leave his house to buy groceries.