Former city councilman admits child sex crimes

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.

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