Seematter enters no contest plea; sentencing scheduled for Jan. 23
A Wetmore resident charged with exposing himself to two minor children in Hoyt in September pleaded no contest to charges against him and may likely receive probation, it was noted on Friday in Jackson County District Court.
Jason A. Seematter, 24, charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in connection with an alleged September incident in front of Royal Valley Elementary School, entered the no contest pleas Friday morning. District Court Judge Micheal Ireland accepted the pleas and sent Seematter’s sentencing date for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23.
Ireland noted that Russell Roe of Onaga, attorney for Seematter, and Jackson County Attorney Shawna Miller had come to a plea agreement in which Seematter could receive “no servable jail time,” but probation. However, he reminded Seematter, “I’m not bound by their agreement.”
Miller said Seematter’s sentence could range from five to 17 months on each charge, depending on his criminal history, and “most of that is presumed probation.” Ireland added that the sentences could run either concurrently or consecutively.
Seematter also was placed on “regular bond” by Ireland at Roe’s request, keeping the provision that he not come within 50 yards of any minors and advising him to “stay at home” with his parents — Seematter had been placed under house arrest at his parents’ home near Mayetta as a bond condition — when he is not working or looking for work. Miller agreed with the change of bond conditions, noting that the State of Kansas currently seeks “no jail time” for Seematter.
Charges against Seematter stemmed from an alleged Sept. 27 incident in which he reportedly exposed himself to two nine-year-old children who reportedly live in Hoyt, prompting the children to run from the scene and report it. Seematter was arrested on Oct. 1 at his home in Wetmore, and he originally was held on $25,000 bond at the Jackson County Detention Center for most of October.
Seematter’s bond was later reduced to $10,000, and he was placed on house arrest and given a work release. The money bond remains in place, Miller said.
Miller later noted that a condition of Seematter’s probation, if granted, is that he would likely be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years with local law enforcement.