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Probable cause found in indecent liberties case
Levingston placed on house arrest
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Austin James Levingston

Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced that Austin James Levingston, Great Bend, was bound over for trial on several felony charges resulting from testimony presented at a preliminary hearing last Friday in Barton County District Court.

In a complaint filed against Levingston, he was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior.

Testimony presented at the preliminary hearing established probable cause to believe that Levingston had committed five of the charged crimes, Mellor reported. A sixth count, charging lewd and lascivious behavior, was dismissed by the court when it determined that the testimony did not support the charge.

Arraignment is set for later this month.

Although Levingston faces possible trial on the charges, Mellor stressed that he is presumed to be innocent of wrongdoing at this time. Trial dates have yet to be set.

After hearing arguments for and against a request to reduce Levingston’s bond, the court granted a defense motion and did reduce his bond, from $1 million to $100,000. He posted bond through Ace Bail Bonding.

He was placed on house arrest as a condition of the court order, Mellor said.

Levingston was arrested on Aug. 23 following an investigation by the Great Bend Police Department. GBPD reported that officers and detectives were notified on April 18 of an alleged incident involving a young child.