PITTSBURG — A Mulberry man was bound over for trial on three sex-crime charges Tuesday, following a preliminary hearing in Crawford County District Court.
Judge A.J. Wachter found probable cause to believe that the crime of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 had been committed and that Brandon Lee Buche, 28, Mulberry had committed the crime.
Buche is alleged to have had sexual contact with three female victims between Dec. 2008 and Dec. 2012, between Nov. 2013 and March 2017, and Between Nov. 2014 and March 2017.
Buche was arrested on Aug. 18 on a Crawford County warrant for three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14. The arrest was a result of two separate investigations by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Arma Police Department involving three victims.
Arma Police Officer Tommy Leftwich testified that, on the request of the mother of two of the alleged victims, he interviewed them, determined that something was wrong and forwarded that information to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Hall, a 15 year veteran of the force, testified that he had been contacted by the Kansas Department of Children and Families about a third alleged victim.
Hall testified, that, after viewing video of forensic interviews with the alleged victims, he forwarded the information to the Crawford County Attorney’s Office for formal charges.
The preliminary hearing began Monday afternoon but was continued until Tuesday morning to allow Wachter to view the videos of the alleged victims.
Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child is defined by K.S.A. 21-5506 as any lewd fondling or touching of the person of either the child or the offender, done or submitted to with the intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desires of either the child, or the offender, or both. The crime is an off-grid person felony which carries a minimum life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years.
Buche remains in the Crawford County jail on $250,000 bond.
Buche is set for trial Jan. 3 through Jan. 5, 2018.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.