Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Additional Charges Dropped

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Additional Charges Dropped

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Jacob C. Ewing, a Holton man found guilty of raping two women and acquitted of charges involving an underage girl, won't stand trial for additional charges of rape, but he will face trial for attempted rape and felony charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

Jackson County District Judge Norbert Marek ruled Thursday to have a jury decide if Ewing knowingly viewed sexually explicit images of a 17-year-old girl. Meanwhile, at the request of special prosecutor Jacqie Spradling, Marek dismissed charges of rape scheduled for trial in August and denied a motion from defense attorney Kathleen Ambrosio to retry charges Ewing was found guilty of in June. The otherwise mundane hearing saw emotions spill over when a relative of Ewing confronted a sheriff's office victim coordinator, prompting Jackson County Sheriff's deputies to address Ewing's family.

After the relative spoke to a reporter in the courtroom during a recess, she offered Lisa Hyten, a victim coordinator, a profane suggestion to get away. Hyten requested security as the woman continued to accuse her of being too close.

This wasn't the first heated moment, said county attorney Shawna Miller, who originally filed charges against Ewing. After a hearing in January, the same relative made her objections known to Miller in a profanity-laced confrontation in the hallway, she said.

Sheriff's deputies warned the crowd future outbursts wouldn't be tolerated in the courtroom.

Thursday's hearing centered on 13 felony counts of exploitation of a child related to images law enforcement believe Ewing received in 2014 and 2015. Only 10 counts will be advanced to trial.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation special agent Mark Malick testified images were found in Ewing's Facebook records during an investigation into unrelated sexual assault charges. In October 2014 and again in January 2015, Ewing received several images from a girl who was 17 years old at the time.

Marek read the charges to Ewing who spoke for the first time in court when he said "not guilty. …

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