Teen sex abuse suspect into latest challenge of sentence Featured

Derek Alan Gormly. Derek Alan Gormly. Kansas Department of Corrections photos

A man convicted over two years ago of illegal sexual activity with a teenager is challenging his sentence.


Derek Gormly was convicted in late 2017 on charges of aggravated indecent liberties and lewd and lascivious conduct against a then-13-year-old girl in late 2016. Gormly has been fighting the convictions and sentence since then and saw the Kansas Court of Appeals change the lifetime post-release supervision part of his sentence changed to lifetime parole. Gormly has also appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court, which declined to hear his case.

Gormly's latest appeal essentially says his sentence violated the US and Kansas Constitutions. He makes numerous assertions about the investigation and the court proceedings themselves, including:

*There was clear and convincing evidence he did not commit the alleged sexual abuse, but that evidence was purposefully omitted from the Emporia Police affidavit
*Gormly's trial lawyer provided insufficient counsel and did not act on repeated requests to seek documentation
*Evidence from another case was wrongly used as character evidence to prove elements of crimes charged and mental illness
*The sentence was unconstitutionally long and disproportionate to the facts

Gormly has a pretrial conference at 11 am in Lyon County District Court.

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