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Local mothers circulate petition to keep sex predator away from Lawrence

Monday, April 25, 2005

Leroy Hendricks, one of the state's most notorious sex offenders, is set to move into transitional housing in Lawrence. Several area mothers hope their petition will stop Hendricks and other sexual predators out of the city. They say that a change in the law is the only way to protect their children.


Sex offender moving to Lawrence

One of the state’s most notorious child molesters is being released from a state prison hospital next week and is coming to live in Lawrence. A Sedgwick County judge has said that 70-year-old Leroy Hendricks is ready to move on from an 11-year stay in a sex-predator treatment program at Larned State Hospital.

KBI announces online sex offender database

Thursday, January 9, 2003

The website will help concerned citizens determine if registered sex offenders are living nearby.

Senate passes tougher crime bill against sex offenders

Legislation, which would increase penalties for criminals preying on children, was approved by the Senate on Thursday. The bill increases the statute of limitations for most crimes from two years to five years.

Notorious sex offender is moving to Lawrence

State won't reveal address, citing privacy of convict

By Eric Weslander * Friday, April 1, 2005

One of the state's most notorious child molesters is being released from a state prison hospital next week and coming to live in Lawrence.

Double Take: Communication needed to help prevent children from being victimized

Jenny Kane

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Wes: The presence of registered sex offenders in our neighborhoods has produced some anxiety lately. Unfortunately, a registry does not scratch the surface of actual offenders living among us, nor can it express any given registrant's actual risk to our kids.

State predicts high demand for program

By Terry Rombeck * Tuesday, April 26, 2005

— They are arriving much faster than they are leaving, so the state's sexual predator treatment program should brace for major expansion in coming years, according to a report released Monday.

Florida governor signs tougher sex offender bill in wake of killings

By David Royse - Associated Press Writer * Tuesday, May 3, 2005

— Spurred by the killing of a 9-year-old girl, Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday signed a law imposing tougher penalties on child molesters and requiring many of those released from prison to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives.

Petition organizers see signs of support

But sexual predator still scheduled to move to Lawrence

By Eric Weslander * Thursday, May 12, 2005

A group trying to block a sexual predator's move to Lawrence says it has gathered about 5,000 petition signatures and is starting to get lawmakers' attention.

Questions persist about sex predator

By Eric Weslander * Sunday, June 5, 2005

For the past decade, he’s been living in a state prison hospital, undergoing a treatment regime that includes lie-detector tests and a device that measures sexual arousal.

Agency: Molester doesn't pose danger

By Eric Weslander * Saturday, April 2, 2005

Lawrence residents shouldn't worry that one of the state's most notorious sex offenders is about to move to an undisclosed location in the city.

Petition aims to block sex predator

Lawrence mothers lead effort to keep Hendricks out of city

By Eric Weslander * Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Kelli Duncan and others in her family began fuming when they learned about the state's plan to release a sexual predator from a prison hospital and move him to Lawrence.

Sex offender says move is in limbo

SRS: Hendricks could be in Lawrence within 3 weeks

By Eric Weslander * Thursday, April 21, 2005

A sexual predator who was ready to leave a state prison hospital and move to Lawrence says he's now in limbo.

Bill proposes pink license tags for sex offenders

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

An Ohio lawmaker doesn't think that sexual offenders should bear a scarlet letter -- just a bright pink license plate.

Offender threat - A letter to the Editor

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

After searching the Internet for sex offenders' locations in Douglas County, it is frightening to think there are even more people with this sickening behavior that will be brought to Lawrence.

Probation hearing scheduled for rapist

Friday, April 15, 2005

A man charged with violating probation in the controversial case involving the rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl made a brief court appearance Thursday.

In harm's way - A letter to the Editor

Friday, April 22, 2005

This is in response to the April 1 and 2 articles in the Journal-World regarding the notorious sex offender moving to Lawrence.

Tougher penalties - A letter to the Editor

Saturday, May 21, 2005

To protect our children is to protect our future. It is time to stand up for our children. We need to vote to change the laws on pedophiles and sexual predators. I believe in all the protections that are written into our laws, due process being one of the most important.

Enough process - A letter to the Editor

Monday, May 30, 2005

In a letter (Public Forum, May 26), Mary Davidson understands my indignation on the subject of a vile person that makes the choice to harm a child.

Children’s rights - A letter to the Editor

Thursday, June 2, 2005

As me, my mom and my sisters gather signatures on a petition to stop the sexual predator transitional housing in Lawrence, the most common response is, “Could I please sign it twice?” Or, “You bet I will sign and I don’t usually sign petitions.” A few do say, “Where are we going to put them?” but usually end up signing.

U.S. lists trafficking offenders

By Anne Gearan - Associated Press Writer * Saturday, June 4, 2005

— The United States accused 14 nations Friday of failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers. The countries include Saudi Arabia, Washington’s closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism.

Governor is sent bill toughening crime laws

The Associated Press * Friday, April 1, 2005

— Legislation increasing penalties for criminals preying on children has been sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

County's judges slower to revoke probation

By Eric Weslander  * Thursday, April 28, 2005

Douglas County judges are slower than their counterparts elsewhere in Kansas when it comes to revoking criminals' probation and sending them to prison, a review by the Journal-World found.