GIRARD — A Pittsburg man was bound over for trial Thursday on multiple sex charges.
Brenton A. Short waived preliminary hearing and was ordered to stand trial by Judge Lori Bolton Fleming on one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14, three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
Two victims were under the age of 14 at the time of the alleged incidents and one was over the age of 16.
The charges stem from incidents stretching from October of 2012 to November of 2014.
Brenton Short was arrested along with his wife Cassandra Short on Sept. 23, 2015. Cassandra Short has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated child endangerment, a level 9 person felony.
It is a presumptive probation charge, according to Kansas sentencing guidelines. She will be sentenced on June 20. She is free on bond.
Brenton Short is facing possible life in prison, on the aggravated indecent liberties charge. The rape and aggravated criminal sodomy charges are all level 1 felonies and carry a penalty of between 147 and 653 months in prison each. The indecent solicitation charge carries between 31 and 136 months in prison.
He could also face up to $3.8 million in fines if convicted on all charges.
Brenton Short was originally scheduled on Thursday to complete a preliminary hearing which began last month, before waiving prelim and pleading not guilty to all charges.
Special Prosecutor Jennifer Brunetti indicated that, based on testimony from the April 21 hearing, more charges may be filed against Brenton Short.
His trial is scheduled for the week of August 29.
— 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.