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Jury acquits Topeka therapist who was accused of child sex crime

By: - October 31, 2022 10:39 am
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Julie Herron's attorney says a Shawnee County jury took less than 30 minutes to determine she was not guilty. (Getty Images)

A Shawnee County jury found Topeka therapist Julie Herron not guilty of a felony sex charge involving a child older than 16.

Herron was charged in 2020 with unlawful sexual relations involving a girl who was in state custody. Herron’s attorney, Tom Bath, said police failed to properly investigate.

Herron worked for Florence Crittenton, which provides behavioral health services in Topeka. One of her former clients claimed to be abused five years earlier, in 2015. Bath said evidence, including financial records, didn’t support the claim.

Last week, a jury took less than 30 minutes to acquit Herron.

“In 35 years of trying cases, I cannot recall a faster not guilty verdict,” Bath said. “Clearly the jury found nothing about the state’s case believable.”

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Sherman Smith
Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith is the 2021 and 2022 Kansas Press Association’s journalist of the year. He has written award-winning news stories about the instability of the Kansas foster care system, misconduct by government officials, sexual abuse, technology, education, and the Legislature. He previously spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. He is a lifelong Kansan.