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Derby church youth soccer coordinator sentenced

Published on -8/15/2013, 4:04 PM

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DERBY, Kan. (AP) -- A youth soccer coordinator for a south-central Kansas church has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for a sex crime involving a 5-year-old boy.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/14Nit8M ) reports that on Wednesday a Sedgwick County judge ordered 57-year-old Leon James Knabe to serve the 34-month sentence. Court documents say Knabe had asked for probation.

Knabe was arrested and charged in October with aggravated indecent liberties with a child. That crime is prosecutable under Jessica's Law, which draws a mandatory life sentence without parole for 25 years.

But just before his trial was set to begin in June, Knabe accepted a plea deal that lessened the charge to aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. Prosecutors say Knabe will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

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