Former city councilman admits child sex crimes

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COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A former city councilman and school crossing guard from southeast Kansas has pleaded guilty to six counts of child sex crimes.

Seventy-nine-year-old Stanley Pickering, of Baxter Springs, has been jailed since his arrest in January. Pickering pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cherokee County District Court to criminal sodomy, indecent liberties with a child and indecent solicitation of a child.

The Kansas attorney general’s office says two of the counts carry the potential for life in prison without the chance of parole for 25 years.

Pickering resigned as an elementary school crossing guard and from the Baxter Springs City Council after his arrest. He remained on the ballot for last week’s council election, but he lost to a write-in candidate.

Officials have said none of the offenses occurred on school property. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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