Jury Finds Columbus Man Guilty of Multiple Sex Crimes Against a Child after Intense Trial

COLUMBUS, Kansas – A Columbus man has been found guilty on charges of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child after a two-day criminal trial in Cherokee County. Brian Stewart, 38, was convicted by a Cherokee County Jury following nearly six and a half hours of deliberation.

The charges against Stewart stem from his criminal conduct, which occurred on multiple occasions between March and late August 2016. The jury deliberated over the evidence presented before reaching their verdict.

Following the announcement of the guilty verdict, the judge ordered Stewart to be remanded to the Cherokee County Jail. His sentencing is scheduled for March 8th, 2024.

Cherokee County Attorney Kurt Benecke prosecuted the case against Stewart. The details of the case and the evidence presented in court led to the jury’s decision to convict Stewart on one count of rape and five counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The verdict brings closure to the victim and their family, who had to endure the emotional turmoil of the trial. The outcome reflects the commitment of law enforcement and the prosecution in holding offenders accountable for their actions.

Cases like these highlight the importance of thorough investigations and fair trials, ensuring justice is served. The conviction sends a strong message that crimes against children will not be tolerated in Cherokee County.

The sentencing of Brian Stewart on March 8th, 2024 will determine the consequences he will face for his actions. The community will be watching closely as justice is served in this case.