Attorney seeks dismissal in youth leader sex case

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The attorney for a former Lawrence church youth leader is asking a judge to dismiss an indecent liberties charge because prosecutors waited too long to charge him.

Hatem Chahine says prosecutors filed the case against Christopher Cormack in 2008 after the five-year statute of limitations had elapsed. The Lawrence Journal-World reports prosecutors say they acted within the law because Cormack moved out of state for four years.

Cormack was convicted in 2008 of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child for having sex with the girl when he was 28 and she was 15.

The girl says she and the youth ministry coordinator had sex in July 1999 during a youth retreat. Cormack has said he did not have sex with the girl until after she was 16.

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Information from: Lawrence Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com