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POLICE ARREST RAPE SUSPECT AFTER PEEPING CALL

August 25, 1999

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A Douglas County District Court judge set bond at $100,000 for a 22-year-old registered sex offender who was arrested early Tuesday.

Charges against a 22-year-old registered sex offender who was arrested early Tuesday grew throughout the day as investigators pegged him as their prime suspect in the July rape of a downtown worker.

Kevin N. Teeter told police he left a drinking establishment July 17 "looking for a victim," Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Angela Wilson said Tuesday afternoon during Teeter's first appearance in Douglas County District Court.

Asking for a bond of $100,000, Wilson told Judge Paula Martin the seriousness of Teeter's alleged crimes warranted a high bond. Martin granted the state's bond request and ordered Teeter not to have any contact with the alleged victims or witnesses.

The Lawrence man, featured on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Web site as a sex offender, quietly answered Martin when she asked if he understood the charges against him.

Lawrence police arrested Teeter early Tuesday in the 1000 block of West 22nd Terrace.

"We had a call about a peeper and went down there and caught him looking in a window," Wheeler said. "We are also talking to him about other offenses."

In addition to eavesdropping and possession of marijuana charges related to his arrest early Tuesday, Teeter is accused of grabbing a woman who was walking home from work early July 17, pushing her behind a church sign at 10th and Vermont streets and raping her.

The July 17 case led to a rash of rumors that a rapist was targeting women downtown. Police denied the rumors.

According to court records, Teeter pleaded guilty in January to aggravated sexual assault. A judge sentenced him in March to 36 months probation under Douglas County Community Corrections. His underlying sentence was 32 months in prison.

As part of that case, he had to register in Kansas as a sex offender. The KBI's Web site says Teeter has been registered since May 12.

Teeter initially faced attempted rape charges in the 1998 case.

Martin scheduled Teeter's preliminary hearing for Aug. 30 and appointed Kay Huff as his attorney.

Teeter remained Tuesday night in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of bond.

-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is dgruver@ljworld.com.

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