One week after he was released from prison, a 41-year-old Lawrence man is again in custody, this time facing a charge of rape.
On Feb. 21, the man was released from the state prison at Lansing. He was arrested Friday, booked into the Douglas County Jail and was formally charged in Douglas County District Court with one count of rape.
The man had gone to prison in February 1986 after he was convicted in Douglas County on felony counts of forgery, two counts of theft and aiding and abetting a theft, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. After he was released in January 1989, he was in and out of prison for parole violations until a week ago.
A rape conviction carries a maximum fine of $15,000, a minimum prison sentence of 5 to 15 years and a maximum sentence of 20 years to life.
The rape charge pending against the suspect stems from an incident early Wednesday morning when he allegedly forced his son's 20-year-old girlfriend to have sex with him.
According to Lawrence police reports the woman had been driving around town with friends and acquaintances, including the suspect and the suspect's son, late Tuesday and early Wednesday. The woman had been giving various people rides to parties and get-togthers at local residences.
Shortly before 4 a.m. the woman dropped off a group of people at the suspect's apartment in the Hill View complex, 1745 W. 24th. The woman waited for the passengers to return, but a few minutes later only the suspect came back to the car.
When he got in the car he asked the woman to have sex, but she refused. The man then forced the woman to have sex with him in the car, police reported.
The woman reportedly left Lawrence and returned to Topeka where she lives. She then went to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center where she was examined.
Lawrence police were notified about the incident and after investigating, officers arrested the man at his home Friday morning.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.