Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tonganoxie man charged with rape, 5 other offenses

September 28, 2005

Leavenworth County prosecutors have filed rape charges against a 23-year-old Tonganoxie man in connection with an alleged attack last week on his estranged wife.

The rape charge is one of six that the man faces in connection with two separate incidents involving the woman, 21.

The man remained in Leavenworth County Jail on Tuesday, in lieu of $75,000 bail.

In addition to rape, he is charged with kidnapping and aggravated sexual battery, all stemming from an alleged incident last week at the man's Tonganoxie home. On the evening of Sept. 20, the woman called police, reporting that her estranged husband had raped her, according to police Sgt. Billy Adcox. The couple's 2-year-old son was at the man's home at the time of the alleged rape.

Adcox said the man fled before officers arrived at the home, and police had been searching for him for three days, before he turned himself in early Friday afternoon.

The man was charged in Leavenworth County District Court on Friday on the three counts stemming from last week's incident. The other three charges, which also were filed on Friday in district court, stemmed from an incident in April.

After the April incident, Adcox said the same woman reported to police that her husband pointed a gun at her and their son, who was about 18 months old at the time. After the incident, which allegedly occurred April 11, the man fled the couple's home before police arrived, Adcox said.

The man also turned himself in to authorities after that incident, Adcox said. At that time, Adcox said, he filed a report with the county, but prosecutors did not file charges until after last week's incident.

After the April incident, the couple separated, and the woman and child moved to another city, Adcox said.

The man is charged in district court with aggravated assault, criminal threat and endangering a child in connection with the April incident, according to Deborah Owens of the Leavenworth County attorney's office.

A preliminary hearing on all six charges is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in Leavenworth County District Court, Owens said.

As a matter of policy, The Mirror generally does not name suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction or a guilty plea in the case.

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