A Hays man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Friday morning in Ellis County District Court for multiple sexual acts.
Keaton Matthew Molleker, 28, reached a plea agreement earlier this year on six charges. On Friday, Chief District Judge Glenn Braun sentenced the man to 135 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections.
When Molleker was arrested Sept. 29, 2015, he was facing 14 different counts ranging from aggravated indecent liberties with a child, sexual exploitation of a child, rape and breach of privacy.
In the plea agreement, which the state accepted, Molleker pleaded guilty to attempted rape, aggravated sexual battery, breach of privacy, abuse of a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
He was sentenced to 92 months on the rape charge, 34 months for sexual battery and nine months for breach of privacy — all to run consecutively. His sentence for abuse and sexual exploitation each carried 32-month sentences that will run concurrently with this 135-month stay in prison.
Upon his right to allocution, Braun asked Molleker if he had anything to say to the court.
“Not really,” he replied.
Family of Molleker and of one of the victims were present in the courtroom Friday.
Only one of the victims wished to address the court.
“I want to say everyone knows my feelings, and Keaton, I love you a lot,” she said.
Hays Police were called to a home on Sept. 29, 2015, to remove the residence’s unwanted boyfriend, Molleker — according to the affidavit.
The woman told police she had searched through Molleker’s cellphone and discovered nude pictures of a child known to be 16 years old.
Upon further investigation, officials found multiple pictures showing a naked woman that were taken by hidden cameras that resembled the look of smoke detectors. The cameras also were used to record unwanted sexual acts against a former girlfriend as she slept, and other lewd behavior with an infant present.
Molleker had to register as a sex offender and faces lifetime post-release supervision. He’ll get 15-percent good-time credit while in prison.
The case had lingered in court for some time before Molleker reached a plea agreement with the help of an outside judge serving as a mediator.
The future of the electronic devices that held the videos and photos still was uncertain, pending additional information from both sides. The state could hold them for appeal purposes, destroy them or return them to Molleker’s family if they were not part of evidence and had no inappropriate media on them.
Molleker was remanded back to the Ellis County Jail while he awaits transfer to the Department of Corrections. He has been in the jail the longest of any of the 70 inmates listed on Friday’s jail log.