Former cop found guilty of aggravated indecent liberties with children
A former Wichita police officer was found guilty Thursday in a Sedgwick County bench trial of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties for molesting infant girls.
McGill waived his right to a jury trial as part of a strategy to have his case heard in a higher court.
McGill entered an agreement to stipulated facts, which led to the verdicts by Judge Jeff Syrios.
Defense attorney Mark Schoenhofer told reporters after the brief hearing that his arguments will be better heard in either an appellate court or the state supreme court.
"We had a preliminary hearing, so we already know what the witnesses were going to say, so we just stipulated to most of the facts that were elicited at that preliminary hearing," Schoenhofer said.
At issue are statements that McGill made to his wife, a psychologist and during a polygraph test. The state bases its case on the assumption that those statements are confessions, but Schoenhofer argued unsuccessfully during the preliminary hearing to have those statements thrown out as priveleged.
McGill was required to undergo the polygraph and psychological therapy after his earlier guilty plea and conviction for sexual battery. McGill had been accused by two female motorists of fondling them during traffic stops in 2010 and 2011.