Man Convicted of Sexual Exploitation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Shawnee County jury has found a 39-year-old Topeka man guilty on dozens of counts of sexually exploiting children.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Jason Hachmeister was convicted Thursday on 105 counts of sexual exploitation of children. He was found not guilty on three counts of the same charge.

Hachmeister’s trial began Monday.

Prosecutors said Hachmeister possessed 108 illegal photographs of children in sexually explicit conduct. Defense attorney Jim Chappas said Shawnee County prosecutors failed to prove Hachmeister had committed the crimes.

Hachmeister also is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the 2011 strangulation death of his mother, Sheila Hachmeister, at the home the two shared.

His trial in that case is scheduled to begin Jan. 21.