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Crime & Courts

February 5, 2014

Baxter Springs man faces multiple charges

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — A Baxter Springs city councilman and former school crossing guard was charged Wednesday with four counts of aggravated indecent liberties, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation, with three different children, all under the age of 14 at the time, according to charging documents filed by the Kansas attorney general’s office.

According to the documents, the charges against Stanley Pickering, 79, stem from three alleged victims, who were born in 1996, 1997 and 2002, and the charges stem from actions over a nine-year period, occurring as far back as 2003, and as recently as August 2012.

Pickering was arrested at his home last week after information given by an alleged victim was obtained by the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Baxter Springs Police Department, then forwarded to the KBI, according to information released by city police.

Dennis Burke, superintendent of schools, said last week that Pickering had worked for the past year and a half as a crossing guard at Lincoln Elementary School, but that he resigned that job on the day of his arrest.

Pickering, who is serving as an appointed member of the Baxter Springs City Council, also was removed from another position —  president of the Cherokee County Ambulance Board — by a vote of the board of directors last week.


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