Crime & Courts

Kansas child molester sentenced to over 200 years in prison

Charles Satchell
Charles Satchell Courtesy of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office

A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday ordered a 25-year-old Wichita man to serve eight life sentences, plus 100 months, in prison for molesting underage children.

All but one of Charles Satchell’s nine convictions were sentenced under Jessica’s Law, which increased penalties for child sex offenders a decade ago.

Sedgwick County District Judge Jeffrey Syrios ordered Satchell to serve the sentences consecutively, or back to back, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

That means Satchell cannot begin serving the second life sentence until he is granted parole for the first, and so forth.

Under the scenario with the shortest amount of time served, his prison term would be 208 years, 4 months – well beyond a person’s life expectancy.

A jury convicted Satchell in March of five counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of child rape and one count of criminal sodomy.

He was arrested and charged after two boys disclosed to their mother that they had suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of Satchell and also allegedly by Satchell’s girlfriend, according to court records.

The boys were no older than 10 when the abuse began, records show.

Satchell’s defense attorney had argued for leniency in sentencing – citing Satchell’s minimal criminal history, his age and immaturity in a written motion. But Syrios refused the request, according to court records.

The case is the second filed in Sedgwick County accusing Satchell of sexually abusing children.

He also was charged in 2011 with one count of child rape and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to court records. But he was convicted of two lesser crimes – aggravated battery and misdemeanor child endangerment – and placed on probation after striking a plea deal with prosecutors.

The three victims in that case testified at Satchell’s trial in March on the new charges, Dillon said.

Syrios also imposed Satchell’s sentence in the 2011 case.

Satchell’s co-defendant in the 2015 case, Jessica Chambers, is scheduled for a jury trial next week on one count of criminal sodomy with a 14- to 16-year-old child and one count of aggravated criminal sodomy with a child younger than 14, according to court records.

The latter is considered a Jessica’s Law offense, which carries a presumptive sentence of life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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