WASHINGTON — A Kansas man who traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minor females has been sentenced to 84 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Anthony Shultz, a helicopter pilot from Lindsborg, videotaped his sexual encounters with 12- and 15-year-old girls and brought the videos back to Kansas. He also sold the videos online. In one of the videos, Shultz is seen giving the 15-year-old money after having sex with her.
He also produced child pornography with an 8-year-old girl in the Philippines with the cooperation of the girl’s mother.
Schultz pleaded guilty in July 2018 to three counts of producing child pornography.
This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide federal initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
$6.55M wrongful death verdict given
WICHITA — A jury has awarded a Kansas man and his 3-year-old son $6.55 million in a wrongful death verdict after the man’s wife died hours after giving birth at a Wichita hospital.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the award is the largest wrongful death verdict ever in Kansas. It splits the judgment between Edgar Perez and his son, Zander.
Lindsay Perez was a middle school drama teacher who died after giving birth on Oct. 8, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center. The suit named the hospital, its parent company and nine physicians. A hospital spokesman didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
Doctors diagnosed Lindsay Perez with preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication. The lawsuit claimed the hospital failed to provide adequate care and ignored distress signs during and after the birth.
Woman competent for beheading trial
WICHITA — A judge has ruled that a 37-year-old Kansas woman charged in the decapitation death of her ex-boyfriend’s mother is competent to stand trial.
Rachael Hilyard of Wichita is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2017 death of 63-year-old Micki Davis.
Davis was attacked after she went with her 9-year-old grandson to a home to retrieve property belonging to her son. The boy ran away and called 911.
Police found Davis’ body in a garage and her head in the kitchen sink.
She underwent a mental health evaluation at Larned State Hospital, which said she was competent to stand trial. A judge agreed Thursday. Trial is set to begin Oct. 15. Hilyard is jailed on $550,000 bond.
Teen accused in 14-year-old’s death
OLATHE — One 14-year-old Kansas boy is dead and another is in custody after a shooting at a townhome in suburban Kansas City.
The shooting happened around 2:15 a.m. Thursday in the town of Olathe. The victim is Zavier Mendoza of Olathe.
The suspect was arrested hours after the shooting. His name has not been released. Police say the suspect and Zavier knew each other.
Police Sgt. Joel Yeldell says the shooting happened during a disturbance, but details are still being pieced together.
Yeldell called the shooting “an unthinkable tragedy.”