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Suspect in sexual assault of 12-year-old apprehended in barn

November 5, 2008

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— Law enforcement officers have apprehended a 27-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old in Eudora.

Officers from the Eudora Police Department, the Douglas and Leavenworth County sheriff's offices and the Kansas Highway Patrol had been searching for the man since Monday night.

He was taken into custody about 8 a.m. Wednesday while hiding behind mattresses in a barn just north of Eudora.

Late Monday afternoon, a Eudora child reported a sex crime. About 5:30 p.m., a Eudora officer flashed his lights to warn a driver to slow down, but the driver, who police say was the suspect, sped up. The officer pursued the vehicle, which went north out of Eudora, crossed railroad tracks on Leavenworth County Road 1 and narrowly missed being hit by an oncoming train.

Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem said officers saw the driver lose control of his vehicle just before the train obscured their view. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Upon finding the vehicle, officers were able to determine the vehicle was registered to the man suspected of the sexual assault.

No information is available yet on the condition of the suspect.

He has been convicted in the past of several crimes, mostly burglaries, and he was on parole at the time of Monday's incident. He had been in and out of correctional facilities from 2002 to 2007.

Comments

Lenette Hamm 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, what pitbullgrandma said....but seriously, he needs to be stopped.

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 6 months ago

Not to play devil's advocate here, but I there is one aspect of sex offender registries that makes me wonder. Let's say two highschool seniors--an 18-year old man and a 16-year-old girl--are in a monogamous relationship. Like many highschoolers, they end up becoming intimate. The girl's parents find out and press charges for statutory rape, even though the act was consensual. The guy ends up being convicted and becomes a sex offender who must tell all of his neighbors this fact.Maybe I'm just unclear about the legal age at which the act would become a statutory crime. I don't know, but it seems like a good way to ruin things for undeserving people. Granted, I am all for a sex offender registry for the real creeps like the one in this story, but are there victims of sex offender regulations?

Rick Aldrich 6 years, 6 months ago

cut his ding! ding! off and slap his but in prision with some soap on a rope. or just inject him.

mamacat36 6 years, 6 months ago

FYI it wasn't a Girl this happend to.

Quigly 6 years, 6 months ago

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hipper_than_hip 6 years, 6 months ago

Child rape should be a capital crime in Kansas.

Paula Kissinger 6 years, 6 months ago

"Lets make an example out of this creep."Can't do it...retained the judges....

leadstone 6 years, 6 months ago

WTF is wrong with some folk 2day. Everytime I read about sumpin like dis even I wanna grab a rope or knife.....or BOTH. Maybe get a hammer and smash a digit for every year the girl is old and save the remaining 2 swipes for his delicates.

alicenevada 6 years, 6 months ago

What do people expect when we are so lenient on sex offenders? If we put half as many of these pieces of trash behind bars the way we do non-violent drug offenders, there would be no sex offenders evading police by "hiding in barns". Lets make an example out of this creep.

Paula Kissinger 6 years, 6 months ago

"Castrate, then incarcerate"Now, let's not violate this poor innocent-until-proven-guilty individual's RIGHTS. Victims, remember, have no rights any longer. Only the right to be abused, suffer post-traumatic stress for years, and see no justice in the courts as the ELECTED lawmakers continue to impose puny maximum sentences for horrendous crimes that the ELECTED judges fail to enforce. Show me the last person in this county to receive AND serve the maximum sentence for anything...it was long ago and far away..........

mamacat36 6 years, 6 months ago

If what the 27 year old man done what he is accused of doing then he should be punished to the full extent of the law. I truely beleave that child molesters and child abbusers are the worst scums out there!!!

Confrontation 6 years, 6 months ago

If this digusting perv went in front of a judge like Paula Martin, the child would be blamed and the perv wouldn't get more than community service.

Angela Jones 6 years, 6 months ago

I agree with all of you on this. I am a survivor and the victims suffer for the rest of their lives. What irritates me is how the offender registry came out and I was under the impression that they had to register for life not the case. There is a lot that get off of it in 10 years. Lets just give the ok in ten years again. Huh? NOT they deserve to face their crimes they committed for the rest of their lives. We the victims do!!!!!!!!!!

jaywalker 6 years, 6 months ago

Redwood,Your take is correct and goes a long way to explaining the difficulties involved with such cases. Testimony of children is tenuous, allegations can wreck lives even when proven false, and there are little known gray areas as you refer.And here in Georgia if you are arrested for public urination you're listed as a 'sex offender', believe it or not! From then on you're on every state's registry, can't live within 2000 feet of a school, etc.Don't get me wrong, I think child molesters and rapists should be tried with the same severity of murderers. But it's tricky stuff.

James_Jones 6 years, 6 months ago

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TopJayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

Remember John Wikes Booth? They burned the barn he was hiding in down. These cops today have no imagination!!

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 6 months ago

"Lets make an example out of this creep.""cut it off!!!!! so he can't use it again!""Castrate, then incarcerate.""cut his ding! ding! off and slap his but in prision with some soap on a rope. or just inject him.""... should be a capital crime....""Wasn't there a rope in the barn?""Everytime I read about sumpin like dis even I wanna grab a rope or knife:..or BOTH. Maybe get a hammer and smash a digit for every year the girl is old and save the remaining 2 swipes for his delicates." And, after you've exacted your revenge, will you go hide in a barn?( Oh, never mind, you're already living in one. )

S0uPnAzi 6 years, 6 months ago

RedwoodCoast, let me clear it up for you. In Kansas, the legal age of consent is 16. So in your scenario, no sex offense has been committed. However, in the case of this 27 year old douche bag, a 12 year old girl is always off limits, and it's obvious no consent was given. So, a question about whether there was a rope in the barn seems...well...appropriate!I have to agree with other comments on here, there is far too much leniency given to sexual deviates in the fair state of Kansas! This needs to be fixed.

leadstone 6 years, 6 months ago

WTF is wrong with some folk 2day. Everytime I read about sumpin like dis even I wanna grab a rope or knife.....or BOTH.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 6 months ago

Simply remove the offender from our midst. Giving oneself to vengefulness only further undermines victims, escalating victimization to the level of perpetration. Strange sort of heinous envy, that.

Quigly 6 years, 6 months ago

CUT IT OFF!!!!! SO HE CAN'T USE IT AGAIN!

otto 6 years, 6 months ago

James_Jones has commented twice. First one got yanked - this one - well, what a moron.

James_Jones 6 years, 6 months ago

Thats all you people have to comment about this crime?? When there is an article about a night club incident or drugs it seems you can't comment enough. I wonder why that is.......

Quigly 6 years, 6 months ago

What is wrong with you people. First of all I have no idea what the heck you are talk about BB.CUT IT OFF. WHO CARES IF HE USED IT OR NOT. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? PROFANITY YEAH I COULD USE QUITE A BIT RIGHT NOW THIS WHOLE THING IS DISGUSTING. ALL PEDOPHILES MUST ROT!!!!

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