An Osage City man was sentenced Monday to serve about three years in prison after pleading no contest in June to aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
David E. McClure, 55, Osage City, was arrested May 27, 2016, by the Osage City Police Department and charged June 1 in Osage County District Court with two counts that accused him of causing a child to engage in lewd fondling or touching of his person.
According to Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones, the charges stemmed from McClure’s conduct with a 14-year-old victim from March through May 2016.
On June 20, as part of a plea agreement with Jones, McClure entered a no contest plea to one of the counts, with the court finding him guilty of the crime. The other count was dismissed.
On Oct. 3, during a scheduled sentencing hearing, McClure’s attorney Sue DeVoe told the court that a presentencing investigation had not been completed and sentencing would need to be postponed. During that hearing, DeVoe introduced McClure’s sister from out of state, who testified in support of McClure’s request for a furlough from jail, where he had been held since his arrest.
McClure told Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme he was requesting the furlough to make preparations to sell his house in Osage City. DeVoe said McClure’s family had moved out of state, and there was no possibility he could be in contact with the child victim in the case. Fromme approved McClure leaving the jail for four days, with the stipulations that his sister pick him up each morning and return him in the evening, and that a $125,000 bond remained in place.
During the sentencing hearing on Dec. 5, the court sentenced McClure to serve 38 months in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections. According to state sentencing guidelines, the possible penalty for conviction of the crime is a minimum of 38 months to a maximum of 172 months in prison and a fine of up to $300,000. In addition to the prison sentence, McClure will be required to register as a sex offender for life.