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Lawrence man pleads guilty to raping woman in August

A Lawrence man pleaded guilty to rape Wednesday for an August attack outside a Lawrence bar, Douglas County prosecutors said.

December 30, 2009

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Alejandro Cortez

Alejandro Cortez

A Lawrence man pleaded guilty to rape Wednesday for an August attack outside a Lawrence bar, Douglas County prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Alejandro Cortez raped a woman as she was leaving Wilde's Chateau, 2412 Iowa. During a preliminary hearing, the victim said she stole her attacker’s wallet and tried to obtain his DNA during the attack. Officers arrested Cortez at his home later that morning.

The man faces a sentence of between 12 and 52 years in prison, depending on his criminal history, said Amy McGowan, chief assistant district attorney. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26 before Judge Peggy Kittel.

As part of a plea deal, a charge of aggravated kidnapping was dropped against Cortez, McGowan said.

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Currahee 4 years, 11 months ago

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Bunny_Hotcakes 4 years, 11 months ago

If she hadn't done anything, you'd be blaming her for that too. Stealing that wallet allowed her to ID (no pun intended) her rapist. Way to victimize her all over again.

Alycat 4 years, 11 months ago

you're right, beobachter. she should have just laid there and accepted it. i mean, she was at a nightclub so she was probably 'asking for it', right?

let me ask you...if you were being robbed of a valuable possession and you had a chance to grab your robber's ID so you could get your possession back, would you do it?

Bunny_Hotcakes 4 years, 11 months ago

beo, the comments you were replying to got deleted, which makes it look like you're taking her to task for stealing the wallet. (I think I misread you the same way.)

Steve Jacob 4 years, 11 months ago

Raped in the parking lot next to one of the busiest streets in Lawrence? Does that lot need more lighting?

ralphralph 4 years, 11 months ago

More lighting, or maybe fewer rapists ...

parrothead8 4 years, 11 months ago

It's incredible that the victim kept her wits enough to think to steal his wallet. If the victim is reading this, way to go, girl. This dirtbag is getting punished because you kept your head in a horrible situation. More power to you.

jayhawkca 4 years, 11 months ago

@parrothead8, Thank you. I appreciate that.

Alycat 4 years, 11 months ago

my apologies, beo. as bunny_hotcakes said, the messages before yours were deleted so i misunderstood what you were saying. sorry for my outburst.

hear hear to what parrothead8 said!

Confrontation 4 years, 11 months ago

I think it's stupid that he'll get fewer years if he has a clean record. He should get life in prison, regardless of criminal history. This woman is receiving a life punishment. When are we going to start valuing women in this country?

Mean_Green 4 years, 11 months ago

Courts across the US should start establishing citizenship upon convictions of all felonies and certain misdemeanors. If citizenship is established upon conviction on every person regardless of what they look like and how their name is spelled, the libs can't cry foul. As long as the court has the proper authority, there is no constitutional violation. You can't plead the 5th when asked where you were born. It's as easy as asking a few questions and requesting a few documents.

somebodynew 4 years, 11 months ago

Marion, Just to answer your question (and not get into any long involved discussion) No, he is not.

ksmax 4 years, 11 months ago

Kudos to her for her quick thinking....imagine how many other victims there could have been, had he been allowed to walk the streets! I deeply respect her courage!

sad_lawrencian 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm surprised that a rapist could get 12 years? This is hard to believe? Seems like the minimum sentence would be a lot harsher than that?

wagonburner23 4 years, 11 months ago

Someone in prison will make him his beotch.

jayhawkca 4 years, 11 months ago

@sad_lawrencian, call your senators and your congressperson. Tell them that this is unacceptable. I'm going on a crusade for change, and I can use all the help I can get.

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