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January 18, 2012

Krebs man found not guilty of lewd proposals

McALESTER — A Krebs man was acquitted today of a charge of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16 years of age.

Leslie D. Wolfenbarger Sr., 62, was found not guilty by a jury in Pittsburg County District Court. Wolfenbarger, who was accused of soliciting a 13-year-old girl for sex, took the stand during his trial and said that the allegations brought against him were false. While testifying, Wolfenbarger said that the young girl’s mother had asked him to speak with the child about “what to look out for with boys.”

Wolfenbarger testified that he told the child to be wary of boys that offer money for sex.

When the child testified, she said that Wolfenbarger offered her $20 to have sex with him.

The jury deliberated for approximately 40 minutes before returning the verdict of not guilty.

Although Leslie Wolfenbarger Sr. has been found not guilty in this particular case, he is set to face charges in a separate case later this year.

He is scheduled to face a charge of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 years of age during Pittsburg County District Court’s March jury docket. In that case, Leslie Wolfenbarger Sr. is accused of inappropriately touching the private areas of a five-year-old girl.

If convicted of his pending charge, Leslie Wolfenbarger Sr. faces up to 20 years imprisonment.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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