by Cliff Judy (HUTCHINSON, Kan.)
A 20-year-old man volunteering as a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor in Hutchinson has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a 12-year-old boy. Hutchinson Police detectives say they arrested Conrad Szyc Monday morning for allegedly touching the boy he'd been matched with through the mentor program.
Sgt. John Taylor tells Eyewitness News the alleged incident happened on August 23, the boy told his parents, and parents reported it to police the next day.
After presenting the case to Reno County prosecutors, the Reno DA requested Szyc be picked up on a felony arrest warrant.
On Tuesday, Szyc made his first appearance at the Reno County Courthouse. He's been charged with Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child. Because Szyc is over the age of 18 and the victim is younger than 14 years old, the charge is a Jessica's Law offense. If convicted, it means Szyc faces life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years.