Man described as ‘family man’ charged with fondling child in Johnson County

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A 50-year-old Olathe man was in Johnson County Court on Monday, charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Police and prosecutors believe Chad Schuckman, fondled and touched a child under 14-years old.  According to court documents, the aggravated indecent liberties occurred between April and August of last year.

FOX 4's Monica Evans spoke with some of Schuckman's neighbors about the accusations.

They said Schuckman is a self-employed landscaper who is devoted to his family and his church and the charges seem contrary to the man they know.

"When I needed something when my husband wasn't here, I can always depend on Chad to come over here and help me," said Ruth Stephens. "Very, very shocking. I just can't. I just can't even think that."

Schuckman's pastor asked us not to name his church out of respect for the alleged victim, but says "We are ministering to the families during this very tough situation."

Schuckman made his first court appearance on Monday, with his wife listening to the proceedings.  He asked the judge to lower his $100,000 bond so he can work and support his family. He told the judge if he can't work, he won't be able to pay his mortgage next month.

The judge denied his request for bond reduction.

Schuckman's wife told the judge she hopes to hire an attorney on Tuesday.  In addition to his bond, he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or witnesses and once out of jail, to consume no alcohol or illegal drugs.

He's expected back in court August 20.



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