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Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2014 4:57AM

Ex-City Official Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes



COLUMBUS, Kan. - A former city councilman and elementary school crossing guard from southeast Kansas has been sentenced to life in prison for child sex crimes that authorities say spanned 35 years. Seventy-nine-year-old Stanley Pickering, of Baxter Springs, pleaded guilty in April to six counts including aggravated criminal sodomy, indecent liberties and indecent solicitation.
 
A Cherokee County judge on Monday handed Pickering two consecutive life sentences without the chance of parole for 50 years. Pickering resigned as a crossing guard and from the Baxter Springs City Council after his arrest in January. He remained on the ballot for re-election in March but lost to a write-in candidate.

Officials have said none of the offenses occurred on school property.  The case came to light last November when one victim, now an adult, contacted authorities.
 

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Ex-City Official Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes
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