Lyndon man to be arraigned on amended charge of attempted indecent liberties

A Lyndon man originally accused of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and lewd and lascivious behavior, will now face a single charge of attempted indecent liberties with a child, following a hearing Thursday in Osage County District Court.

Christopher A. Gillham, 25, of rural Lyndon, has been held in the Osage County Jail on $100,000 bond since his arrest by the Osage City Police Department on June 28.

In a hearing before Osage County Magistrate Judge Taylor Wine, the attorneys explained that plea negotiations were ongoing, with amendment of the complaint as a result.

Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones said the alleged victim in the case, said to be between 14 and 16 years old in court documents, was not available to testify at Thursday’s scheduled preliminary hearing due to medical issues.

Gillham’s attorney, James Campbell, told the court the attorneys had reviewed issues involving the alleged victim and circumstances of the case, and agreed on amending the complaint to the lesser felony charge. Jones confirmed he had agreed to the amended charge.

Campbell also told Wine that with the amended charge, his client would waive his right to a preliminary hearing in the case and ask to be bound over for arraignment.

Wine asked Gillham if he agreed to the waiver, pointing out that Gillham would be giving up his right to a preliminary hearing. Gillham said he agreed to the waiver.

The judge said that once arraigned, Gillham would still have the right to a jury trial on the charge if he desired.

Wine set the case for arraignment before Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4, at which time Gillham will enter a plea on the amended charge.


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