Tearful LeDoux listens as victim tells of trauma she endured as a result of attack
Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2003
By By Steve Fry
The former head of the Kansas Water Office was sentenced to 12 years and three months in prison on Friday for kidnapping and sodomizing a southwest Topeka woman in her home, an act the judge called "depraved."
In speaking of the sexual assault, Alan L. LeDoux, 55, of Holton, told the court, "I did a terrible thing." LeDoux also said he was "ashamed and embarrassed. This is a horrible thing. I can't tell you why I did it, I don't know why I did it."
LeDoux was convicted March 31 of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary based on a plea agreement with the Shawnee County district attorney's office. A fourth charge of rape was dismissed.
Since the May 23, 2002, sexual assault, LeDoux, the husband of a relative of the victim, told District Judge Eric Rosen he had spent thousands of dollars in counseling to try to learn why he did what he did to "a woman who had treated me with nothing but grace."
Ann Williamson/The Capital-Journal
Alan LeDoux, right, former head of Kansas Water Office, sits down after speaking to the judge during his sentencing hearing. LeDoux was sentenced Friday to more than 12 years in prison on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in May 2002. At left is defense attorney Pedro Irigonegaray.
As part of the plea, prosecutors didn't object to Rosen sentencing LeDoux to concurrent rather than consecutive sentences. Had LeDoux received the maximum sentence for each crime and consecutive sentences, he could have gotten 26 years and 10 months. If he earns 15 percent good time, LeDoux could be released from prison after serving about 10 years and six months.
"It was a planned, calculated, predatory, depraved, violent crime, designed to gratify a perverse and deviant sexual desire at the expense of every trust that the victim holds sacred," Rosen said during sentencing.
LeDoux cried at times as he listened to the 47-year-old victim tell the judge how the sexual assault had impacted her.
"No aspect of my life has been untouched," she said.
After the assault, she said she didn't feel safe in her home, feared footsteps, became afraid of the dark and was unsure if a second intruder was in her home as her attacker had told her.
:: April 1, 2003 -- LeDoux pleads guilty in sex assault case
:: Jan. 31, 2003 -- Judge orders psychological testing for former official
:: Dec. 10, 2002 -- LeDoux bound over for trial
:: Nov. 28, 2002 -- LeDoux chooses attorneys
:: Oct. 3, 2002 -- Court sets hearing for state water official
:: Oct. 2, 2002 -- Official was charged in a 1967 robbery
:: Oct. 1, 2002 -- LeDoux was charged, not tried, with robbing a woman in 1967
:: Sept. 28, 2002 -- LeDoux released on bond
:: Sept. 26, 2002 -- State official heard charge on the radio
:: Sept. 25, 2002 -- Water office chief faces rape charge
:: Kansas Water Office
:: Discuss the LeDoux case
"Except for my children, I felt like my family was gone," she said, saying her relationship with her family is strained.
The victim said she thought of LeDoux as a brother and a father figure to her son and daughter. She said she quit her job and moved from Topeka. She said she left the area where her children were because "I refused and I continue to refuse to have my life defined by this event."
"I grieve daily for my former life," she said.
The victim said she wants her children to have the fun-loving mother they once had. When she said she hoped that LeDoux would get the treatment he needs, he cried, his face turning a deep red.
According to court records, the victim was asleep on her stomach when her attacker got on top of her, bound her arms and hands with duct tape, blindfolded her, used a knife to cut off her night clothes and removed her underwear. DNA testing by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation on seminal evidence was linked to LeDoux.
"I have dishonored the things she talked about, but I still love her," LeDoux told the victim.
Besides acknowledging his guilt and shame, LeDoux said he and his wife felt lucky because they had received 600 letters, telephone calls and visits of support since the case surfaced and no negative responses.
Rosen noted he had received more than 80 letters from people praising LeDoux and his good acts and service to the community. Some letter-writers expressed disbelief, some suggested a neurological or mental health reason was to blame for LeDoux's actions, and "unfortunately" some "minimized" LeDoux's acts, Rosen said.
"I want you to understand and make no mistake about what happened on May 23, 2002," Rosen said, noting the crime was premeditated and vicious.
"Mr. LeDoux, the knife you stuck in the throat of a bound and blinded victim forcing her to commit degrading criminal acts, that knife was a dagger in the heart of those who love, respect and revere you," Rosen said.
The bulk of the more than 50 spectators in the courtroom were LeDoux's wife and children, other family members and his friends. Many either shook his hand or hugged him as they left. Before sentencing began, a supporter reached across the courtroom bar to hand LeDoux a small New Testament.
LeDoux, a Shawnee County native and a well-known Republican Party member, was appointed director of the Kansas Water Office in 1995 by former Gov. Bill Graves. Before that, he was Graves' chief legislative liaison, a job he also had in former Gov. Mike Hayden's administration.
Steve Fry can be reached at (785) 295-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claims to fame: Former Kansas Water Office chief; well-known Republican activist; rapist
Moral apex: Convicted in 2003 of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary.
Whatâ€™s worse: A plea bargain dismissed the charge of rape.
Whatâ€™s worse: Holding a knife to her throat, he blindfolded, duct-taped, and raped his victim in her own bed.
Whatâ€™s worse: The victim was a member of LeDouxâ€™s wifeâ€™s family, whom LeDoux described as â€œa woman who had treated me with nothing but grace.â€
Whatâ€™s worse: The victim said she â€œthought of LeDoux as a brother and a father-figure to her son and daughter.â€
The good news: LeDoux is now serving 10 to 26.