A Labette County judge on Monday agreed to free a man from a GPS monitoring requirement during his bond release on two serious felony cases.
Owyn T. Back, 20, is charged with two cases in Labette County District Court. In one case, he faces two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated battery. The alleged assault took place the night of May 12, 2018, and the next morning after a senior party in the Bartlett area. Labette County High School’s graduation took place on May 13, 2018. The second case alleges two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, each a level three felony. The complaint alleges the incidents occurred between Oct. 1 and 23, 2019, when Back persuaded youth under age 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct. These crimes allegedly occurred while Back was free on bond in the rape case.
Back is again free on bond but is subject to house arrest and GPS monitoring. He is also to refrain from use of the internet and social media. Back lives with his grandparents and says the GPS monitoring is creating a financial hardship.
Judge Steve Stockard was willing to consider landline phone checks with verification instead of GPS monitoring if the court services office was able to do so. He heard from the office and they are not able to do so.
Bondsman Paul Forbes told Back’s attorney Robert Myers that he’s able to offer a phone check service and Stockard was willing to try that.
Stockard relieved Back of having to continue GPS monitoring once Forbes sets up the system. Stockard reminded Back he has to answer that phone whenever it rings and that he is still under house arrest and the other restrictions remain. He ordered at least three phone checks a day and that Forbes provide a weekly report.
Back will return to court on July 9.