William Buehler sentenced  to 32 months in prison

A St. Joseph, Mo., man charged with felony electronic solicitation of a child has received a sentenced of 32 months in prison.

William Buehler, 70, was sentenced Monday, May 7, to 32 months in prison – with a credit for 301 days – after changing his December 2017 plea of not guilty to no contest in March 2018. Buehler was arrested in July 2017 by the Hiawatha Police Department and charged with electronic solicitation of a child.

Buehler received this sentence due to an offense that occurred between May 1, 2017, and July 10, 2017. During that time, 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 also was assessed court costs.

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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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