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Wife: Husband drugged her before sex

June 15, 2007

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— The wife of former Ottawa city manager Weldon Padgett testified that he repeatedly laced her drinks with drugs and had sex with her while she was unconscious.

The testimony came Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for Padgett, 48, who is charged with rape and criminal sodomy.

After the hearing, Judge Kevin Kimball ruled sufficient evidence existed to pursue the case and set an arraignment for July 16.

Padgett's wife said her memory problems began in 2006 and she eventually linked the memory lapses and blackouts to drinks, usually wine, that her husband gave her. She said she often would wake up after drinking the beverages and find evidence that she had had sex, although she didn't remember.

When she confronted her husband with her suspicions, he said he was concerned for her mental health. The woman testified that on Feb. 7, she pretended to drink a beverage that she suspected was tampered with and then acted like she passed out. She said her husband then had sex with her, although she had refused to have sex earlier that night.

She eventually turned over two samples of wine to law enforcement.

Garrett Stratton, a forensic scientist with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, testified that he found three types of drugs that can be used as sedatives in the wine.

The woman said she waited to go to the authorities because she wanted to be sure of what was happening.

Padgett resigned in March, after he had requested a 30-day family leave when a protection from abuse order was filed against him.

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Linda Endicott 6 years, 10 months ago

A small, local newspaper, yeah...

One that has been notorious in the past for sticking up for public officials who find themselves in court on charges, regardless of what those charges happened to be.

But read on...it's been in more newspapers than that.

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Linda Endicott 6 years, 10 months ago

He also once left a handwritten note on her bed, one that handwriting experts have deemed was written by him.

What's the motive?? What rock have you been living under? Abusers need no motive, other than to control and frighten the victim.

It isn't about sex at all, you know. It's about the need to control.

He has admitted to doing some of these things...doesn't that send off any warning bells in your head?

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withallduefairness 6 years, 10 months ago

I read the Ottawa paper and heard from a friend who attended the court hearing. Apparently he violated the PFA twice, once by replying to an e-mail to his wife asking for some of their family photo albums (after they had been passing notes both ways for months) which the DA never charged, and the second one was he bought a gift for his kids to give for Mothers Day (albeit a bottle of wine and not a good choice of gifts), which the DA again never charged. Having heard her side, and not his yet, I don't see how anyone can take sides. That supposedly is what the trial for. From what I've read and heard it is a jarbled mess of circumstances that the State has strung together into a couple of charges. I agree that if he is guilty he should be heavily penalized, but considering the little research I've done on guy being charged I don't see how this crime fits his character. If they were having a normal sex life It would make even less sense... what's the motive? She talked about periods of blackout or basically not remembering what happended when she went to bed and then woke up the next morning, AND that she was under a lot stress from some job or event, etc. Who would allow that to go on for 6-8 months withouit getting a doctor? The joking is fun, but it is a serious subject with only one party's side being told in part through a small local paper. I reserve judgment.

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Linda Endicott 6 years, 10 months ago

This man REPEATEDLY violated a protection from abuse order, and a no contact order. Why are so many sticking up for him?

He is a twisted individual, and he deserves whatever he gets.

So he drugs his then-wife into submission, and thinks this is okay. Even admitted it to her on more than one occasion.

Then, just this year, long after he was ordered to have absolutely no contact with her, on Mother's Day he used his own children to deliver a supposed "gift" to her...a bottle of wine...

Which was deemed by the court to be coercive and threatening behavior...and rightly so.

I guess you all think it's okay for an ex-spouse to use the children to get even...

Perhaps you should read more newspapers besides just the LJW...

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minko_mirror 6 years, 10 months ago

Goodness, Minky is FOR drugged cohersion? Surely not. It often enjoys alliterative insults, but I sincerely doubt our Mink'd friend is THAT silly. It stops being silly or it gets the hose!

No in a cohersive sense, of course.

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bettie 6 years, 10 months ago

good point, temperance. did you know that currently (that's right, in 2007), there's a marital exception in the kansas statute against sexual battery? yeah. and it's not just an oversight, one of those strange things no one ever bothered to take off the books. there was an attempt to remove the words "except a spouse" two years ago, and it didn't go anywhere because of some great concern over "frivolous law suits." if the legislators on that committee feel the same way as some of the posters on here, though, i guess it's no wonder.

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temperance 6 years, 10 months ago

marquis -- you're right -- it's no joking matter. I believe that some of the more flippant responses here can be explained by the fact that our society/culture has never really taken date rape or marital rape as seriously as it should. Moreover, there was a "marital exception" in many state rape laws -- only late in the 20th century did all states finally get around to criminalizing marital rape.

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marquisdesade 6 years, 10 months ago

The response here are a perfect example of why abused women do not come forward to report abuse. Stigmas placed on the victim keep the victim silent. You're doing a great job folks keep the silence safe.

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trinity 6 years, 10 months ago

i feel badly for the woman in this situation, that some of the most painful, ugly, hurtful issues of her recent life have to be smeared all over newspapers. i just don't really see the value in that. i don't feel compelled to know details of what happened; why do so many people seem to get a salacious thrill out of these type of stories? would it not be sufficient to just print bare bones results of hearings, trials, etc? invasive! i sometimes hate the media.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 10 months ago

There are probably many wives who would like to DEMAND they be drugged into unconsciousness before sex. :-0

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OZ 6 years, 10 months ago

. . . . .

Who knew that the NAZI Phil Kline was such a "romantic."

. . . . Those KKKrazy KKKristian TERRORIST Rituals.

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nell 6 years, 10 months ago

And what about LJW's simply nasty article title? Gross. How about 'Evidence of sex crimes against wife sufficient to warrant trial for former Ottawa city manager' ?

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nell 6 years, 10 months ago

It's discouraging that some responders are so flippant that they think this is a joke, or so immoral that they think drugging is an acceptable approach should one marital partner desire more sexual intercourse than the other....as if, in fact, that were the case here.

Second, anyone who would make such a story up, to go through such hell, such exposure, such risk, knowing that evidence can be dismissed as one spouse's word against the other's, knowing her children's financial support could crumble, knowing such action would scar her children and perhaps excommunicate her, would definintely fall into the 'deeply evil fool' category. I'd have no sympathy for such a person. But I don't think Mrs. Padgett (or the former Mrs. Padgett) is such a person.

What do you do when your spouse, father of your children, life partner, the person with whom you have the most intimate relationship in your life, has so little regard for you, for your dignity, that he repeatedly violates you first by drugging you then by raping you? Complicate this horror by the knowledge that any evidence collected could be thrown out, simply dismissed. What do you do? How do you face the next day? Let's not even deal with 'how do you recover?' or 'what do you tell your children - or anyone else save your closest friends in a small town?'

Why do you think we haven't heard about this until it HAD to be made public through the courts? The victim has courage. She's leaping off a cliff of unknown height, knowing that even if rocks aren't below the landing won't be much softer. It is a huge risk to pursue the criminal, the stranger, who is (or was) her husband.

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TheHeartlessBureaucrat 6 years, 10 months ago

minko224 (Anonymous) says:

Funny how it's ok to joke about most articles but when you joke about a Sex and Drug article the very people who wrote it censor you!

What's up with the prudish double-standard?

Well, Minko...I saw your comment before it was removed. I'm sorry it was removed because it shows clearly how the line between sex and violation are unclear with you.

THB

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offtotheright 6 years, 10 months ago

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minko224 6 years, 10 months ago

Funny how it's ok to joke about most articles but when you joke about a Sex and Drug article the very people who wrote it censor you!

What's up with the prudish double-standard?

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minko224 6 years, 10 months ago

So she was sleeping on the job again.

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nomorebobsplease 6 years, 10 months ago

I think confrontation got it right!

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TheHeartlessBureaucrat 6 years, 10 months ago

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acg (Anonymous) says:

Maybe the guy is a closet necropheliac and can't get off unless she appears dead. It takes all kinds, man.

Yes, but does it have to take THAT kind?

THB

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Ragingbear 6 years, 10 months ago

Probably will go before Paula Martin who will tell her that she facilitated her own rape by falling asleep.

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scenebooster 6 years, 10 months ago

Oh, bubbles. I live in Lawrence, silly winger!

This link should give you all the answers you might need.

http://www.lancekinzer.com/issues.html

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Bubbles 6 years, 10 months ago

scenebooster (Anonymous) says:

I thought this was standard "date night" procedure in Olathe....

Um...where is your documention? Web sites please. Or are you speaking from experience?

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minko224 6 years, 10 months ago

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Confrontation 6 years, 10 months ago

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Linda Endicott 6 years, 10 months ago

I don't know if they've divorced since then, but they were married at the time this occurred, which is probably why they refer to her as his "wife".

This man had a protection from abuse order served against him, while still in office. He refused to leave the woman alone. He violated this order, while still in office. He was arrested for it, while still in office.

I believe the wife. Why is it that so many people are determined to give abusers "the benefit of the doubt", and blame things on the spouse instead?

Minko, you are just sick and disgusting.

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scenebooster 6 years, 10 months ago

I thought this was standard "date night" procedure in Olathe...

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i_have_only_valid_opinions 6 years, 10 months ago

It's not as likely a scenario, but she could have put the drugs in the wine samples she gave police just to get her husband in trouble. You never know. Maybe he never did anything to her. Maybe she made it all up because she wanted him out of the picture. Like I said, not as likely, but how do you prove he did anything to her? His word vs. hers. Of course, resigning his job makes him look guilty.

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Agnostick 6 years, 10 months ago

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minko224 6 years, 10 months ago

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acg 6 years, 10 months ago

Maybe the guy is a closet necropheliac and can't get off unless she appears dead. It takes all kinds, man.

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Reality_Check 6 years, 10 months ago

  1. Why would a man feel the need to drug his wife before sex? Passed out partners aren't exactly fun partners.
  2. Why not file for divorce? I don't see divorce or "estranged" or "ex-" mentioned anywhere.
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costello 6 years, 10 months ago

"She handled that exactly right in finding out for sure what was going on and in collecting evidence."

I'm not sure the evidence necessarily proves anything. Based on the story, it's her word against his.

Some people lead weird, weird lives.

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Mr_Ramirez 6 years, 10 months ago

Franklin County.........enough said

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mick 6 years, 10 months ago

She handled that exactly right in finding out for sure what was going on and in collecting evidence.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 10 months ago

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Linda Endicott 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm not sure where the trial will be, since Padgett lived in Ottawa. That's Franklin County.

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OZ 6 years, 10 months ago

. . . . .The "dating" and "mating" rituals of Radical X-TIAN TERRORIST, republiSCUMS is very interesting, destructive, but interesting.

. . . . . . .

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Ragingbear 6 years, 10 months ago

Probably a friend of Phil Kline's and won't be prosecuted for anything of substance.

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spywell 6 years, 10 months ago

Its a sad day in your marriage when it comes to this. But , on the other hand Bundy liked all his victims to be knocked out when he was raping them. I am sure this is an intresting trial for Johnson County.

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