Court Updates: Buehler changes plea

A St. Joseph, Mo., man who has been charged with felony electronic solicitation of a child has changed his plea from not guilty to no contest.

William Buehler, 70, changed his December 2017 plea of not guilty to no contest during a pre-trial hearing held on Monday, March 5. Buehler is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, May 7.

Buehler was charged with electronic solicitation of a child after he was arrested in July 2017 by the Hiawatha Police Department. It is alleged that between May 1, 2017, and July 10, 2017, Buehler was involved in communications through the internet to commit or submit to an unlawful sex act with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill said Buehler was actually communicating with undercover officer with the Hiawatha Police Department’s cyber crime unit. Hill said that when Buehler arrived in Hiawatha to meet the supposed 14-year-old girl, he was met by Hiawatha police officers and arrested.

Buehler remains in the Brown County Jail on $150,000 bond.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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