Former Kansas debate coach released from prison

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A former debate coach imprisoned for molesting a foreign exchange student will be released from prison.

A Reno County judge on Friday granted a plea deal allowing the release of 76-year-old Richard Young, a former debate coach at Buhler High School.

The Kansas Court of Appeals recently overturned Young’s convictions and the plea deal avoids a new trial. Officials determined Young completed his sentence Nov. 29 and a judge signed an order releasing him for the Reno County jail. Young must register as a sexual offender and be supervised for life.

The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/1yUc72n ) that Young’s alleged crimes involved a 15-year-old South Korean exchange student who lived with Young.

The Kansas Court of Appeals reversed Young’s convictions in 2012, finding prosecutors improperly introduced evidence at his trial.

 

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