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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 editor in chief of Kansas Reflector. He writes about things that powerful people don't want you to know. A two-time Kansas Press Association journalist of the year, his award-winning reporting includes stories about education, technology, foster care, voting, COVID-19, sex abuse, and access to reproductive health care. Before founding Kansas Reflector in 2020, he spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. He graduated from Emporia State University in 2004, back when the school still valued English and journalism. He was raised in the country at the end of a dead end road in Lyon County.