Lawrence man pleads no contest after 122 crank calls to a sheriff's dispatch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Lawrence man pleaded no contest Wednesday in Leavenworth County, Kansas, to three felony counts of making a false alarm.

Justin A. Roehrich, 38, allegedly called Leavenworth County Sheriff’s dispatch repeatedly beginning in April 2018 to report various sexual acts he was performing with women, about pantyhose, and about women’s feet.

During each call, Roehrich identified himself as “Jesse.” Officers were dispatched to various locations in Tonganoxie and Leavenworth County, but no one was ever found.

The calls resumed in early May. Between the evening of May 7 and the morning of May 8, which is Roehrich's birthday, 72 of the total 122 calls were made.  

Dispatch advised “Jesse” would end the call if there was no emergency and, on three occasions, he became angry before advising dispatch he had drugged underage girls and planned to perform sexual acts on them involving pantyhose.

“There is obviously a great need for mental health treatments for people in our community, including drug and alcohol treatment,” Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said in a statement announcing the no-contest plea.

No evidence was ever found of anyone actually being harmed or threatened, the Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office said in a release.

Roehrich was identified as “Jesse” through an investigation by the sheriff’s office, along with the Lawrence Police Department.

“Our dispatchers never get as much credit and recognition as they deserve,” Thompson said. “More often than not, they are our first contact when we need help and they handle all calls patiently and with kindness. We hate to see this system abused, but proud they take their job so seriously.”

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