A statement from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office O’Brien said was convicted of three counts of aggravated freedoms with a child under the age of 14 for allegedly fondling a girl three times between 2013 and 2015. O’Brien was also sentenced to one year in Douglas County Jail for each of the five counts of sexual violence, the district attorney said.
The Lawrence-World Journal reports that the victim is now 17 years old and testified at his trial. The teenager, who has remained anonymous, said she received “massages” from O’Brien while she was spending the night at his home. The teenager’s mother and O’Brien are said to be friends.
O’Brien allegedly started the “massages” at the top of his head, then pushed his way inside his underwear, reports the Lawrence Journal-World.
The teenager told O’Brien before his sentencing: “I mean this in the most disrespectful way possible: I hope you rot in hell,” the Lawrence Journal-World Reports.
O’Brien’s sexual battery charges are said to stem from his fondling four women while massaging them for sports-related injuries between 2016 and 2019. O’Brien worked under contract for the University of Kansas as a as a massage therapist and has treated numerous varsity athletes as of 2015. The contract was terminated after initial charges were filed against him in March 2020, according to a statement by the Chancellor of the University of Kansas.
The victims presented emotional statements for 90 minutes, according to the Kansas City Star. Some former University of Kansas football players wrote impact statements, which District Attorney Suzanne Valdez and Assistant District Attorney Joshua Seiden read aloud. A former athlete wrote that O’Brien pulled her hair, shocked her and touched her inappropriately, which made her feel helpless.
O’Brien reportedly told the court: “I really have nothing to say. There was no bad intention on my part, so I will apologize for any misunderstanding.”
Valdez said in his statement“These sentences cannot erase what happened to the survivors, but I hope the strong message of the court can restore their sense of empowerment, security and justice. My office will not tolerate abuse of power and trust such as the actions of Mr. O’Brien. “