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Sex abuse case not only time Kansas judge has been lenient


February 8, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge who blamed two teenage girls for a sexual encounter with a 67-year-old man spent nearly a decade on the bench overseeing mostly sealed juvenile and child-in-need-of-care cases behind closed doors before taking over the adult criminal cases for a retiring judge last summer.

Since then, Leavenworth County Judge Michael Gibbens' rulings have drawn more scrutiny and criticism, including his widely panned decision in December in a sex abuse case during which he eased a man's sentence after saying the victims, ages 13 and 14, were "more an aggressor than a pa...

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