January 22, 2006

Kline to seek sexual predator designation

The Morning Sun

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline wants to see a defrocked Roman Catholic priest committed for treatment as a sexual predator after he completes his prison term in March.

But Kline must first prove that he is not restricted by a plea agreement under which Robert Larson admitted in 2001 to sexually abusing four young men. The agreement, which was signed by then-Harvey County Attorney Matt Treaster and Larson's defense attorney, states that the state will not seek Larson's confinement under the Violent Predator Act.

Kline said the power to make such an agreement "rests in my office," not that of a county attorney.

"We are going to file notice with the court," Kline said. "We intend to have him classified as a predator and confined in Larned," where the Kansas Sexual Predator Treatment Program is located.

Posted by kshaw at January 22, 2006 08:53 AM