A man who allegedly broke into a Hutchison, Kansas, house has entered a guilty plea for aggravated burglary.
The Hays Post reports that Tyler Ford broke into a home on the 200 block of South Monroe and allegedly touched three young girls there inappropriately before being chased out of the house by their father. However, the District Attorney stated that there was not enough evidence to pursue a charge of aggravated indecent liberties because it was inconclusive whether the contact was sexual in nature.
Ford was not known to the family, but he did live close by. He faces a sentence between 31 and 136 months in prison. Ford has also been involved in two prior cases of burglary and theft, so the guilty plea could result in a probation violation.
The incident took place early in the morning on September 15. After Ford fled the scene, police later caught him walking in a nearby neighborhood. They linked him to the crime after finding his cell phone in one of the children's rooms.
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