2012 News Releases

Longton man convicted of Jessica’s Law charges

Release Date: Nov 26, 2012

James VanRoyenHOWARD – (November 26, 2012) – A Longton man was convicted last week of 16 charges of child sex crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

James William VanRoyen, 27, was convicted last Wednesday by an Elk County jury on nine counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, one count of criminal sodomy, one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, one count of indecent solicitation of a child and three counts of sexual battery. Seven of the charges were prosecuted under Jessica’s Law, carrying a possible life sentence.

District Judge Michael E. Ward presided over the trial in Elk County District Court. Ward scheduled sentencing for January 14, 2013, at 10 a.m.

The crimes were committed between November 2006 and November 2011 against three victims. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Elk County Sheriff’s Office. Sunlight Child Advocacy Center in El Dorado conducted forensic interviews of the victims. Assistant Attorney General Lee J. Davidson of Schmidt’s office and Elk County Attorney Kimberly B. King prosecuted the case.

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