A judge sentenced a Parsons man to 43 months in prison for taking advantage of a medicated woman while she slept.
William Patrick Mansfield, 29, pleaded to sexually motivated aggravated battery in Labette County District Court. The amended charge is a mid-level felony. Mansfield was charged with rape, a level one felony. The minimum term in prison for a level one felony is 12 years.
Mansfield was accused of raping a woman on June 11, 2017, in Parsons. The alleged victim testified previously that she had taken prescribed allergy medication and Benadryl that night and woke the next morning spotting and cramping. She testified she suffers from depression and that day, from the time she got up, everyone was on her case, so she went to Parsons Police Department to request a crisis therapist.
She testified she had received apologetic texts from Mansfield, with whom she was friends. She said she was trying to figure out why he was apologizing when, in the presence of the crisis therapist, she received a text from him stating that he had raped her. The text conversation was reported to a detective.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Mansfield told investigators that sexual contact occurred, but not to the degree that the woman described. He also told investigators the woman indicated contact was consensual.
At sentencing, the victim in the case did not want to make a statement. Mansfield apologized for what he had done.
Judge Jeffry L. Jack said what Mansfield had done could impact the victim for the rest of life. He sentenced Mansfield to 43 months in prison and gave him credit for 111 days in jail awaiting prosecution and sentencing.
Mansfield will have to register for five years after his release under the Kansas Offender Registration Act. After his release from prison, he will be on parole supervision for three years.