Longton man sentenced to life in prison for Jessica’s Law conviction

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A Longton man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years under Jessica’s Law, after being convicted on charges of child sex crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

In November 2012, an Elk County jury convicted James William VanRoyen, 27, of 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.

District Judge Michael E. Ward handed down the sentence in Elk County District Court.

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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