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Massage therapist gets 25 years to life for sex crimes in Kansas

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Posted at 8:40 AM, Sep 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-25 11:40:38-04

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A judge has sentenced a massage therapist to three prison terms of 25 years to life for several sex crimes against five people.

They include a child and three female soccer players at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Douglas County Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced 50-year-old Shawn P. O’Brien on Friday after jurors in August found him guilty on eight counts.

Three of the charges accused O’Brien of indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 for fondling a girl who was either 9 or 10 on three occasions between 2013 and 2015.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

O'Brien will have to serve at least 25 years before being eligible for parole.