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Archive for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lawrence police release information on multiple sex crimes

One report of child abuse also investigated

February 25, 2009

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Lawrence police released information this week regarding multiple sex crime and abuse investigations in the city.

Police said none of the cases is believed to be connected to a serial rapist who has targeted college age women in Lawrence during the past five years.

Investigations are under way on these cases, police said:

• A 19-year-old woman reported that three Lawrence men broke into her North Lawrence home and one of them, a 20-year-old, raped her while she was asleep. The incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Feb. 16, police said. Police have identified the suspects, and the case is still being investigated.

• A 45-year-old homeless woman was reportedly sexually assaulted in the 800 block of Vermont Street. The victim said that about 4:50 a.m. Feb. 10, a 30- to 35-year-old man came up behind her, attempted to inappropriately touch her and battered her, police said.

• A 19-year-old Lawrence woman said she was raped by an acquaintance at a friend's West Lawrence home. Officers were called to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after the reported incident, which police said occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Feb. 7.

• A 56-year-old homeless woman reported a 38-year-old homeless man raped her about 6:50 p.m. Feb. 6, in the west alley of the 900 block of Vermont Street.

• A 21-year-old Overland Park woman said she was walking in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street when an unidentified male came up to her from behind, reached up her skirt, touched her inappropriately and ran away. The sexual battery reportedly occurred at 2:05 a.m. Feb. 1. Police weren't able to track down the suspect.

Police also said they investigated a report of child abuse, after the mother of a 4-year-old boy reported her son had been spanked by his step-mother between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1.

Comments

introversion 5 years, 5 months ago

wow- a potential spanking is thrown in with the sexual assault of a homeless woman and a woman being raped by one of three guys who broke into her house.

Come on.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 5 months ago

"Police also said they investigated a report of child abuse, after the mother of a 4-year-old boy reported her son had been spanked by his step-mother between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1."

Using the police to get back at your ex, are we?

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somebodynew 5 years, 5 months ago

OldEnuf- you would be surprized how much of that "stuff" they have to investigate.

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somebodynew 5 years, 5 months ago

MD - I am not quite sure why you are confused about a 45 and a 56 yr old homeless women. Have you not been downtown or by the "drop in center"?? It is NOT just men hanging out there. When the word gets around about how this community treats the homeless, they all come - not just the men.

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introversion 5 years, 5 months ago

Um, homeless people are something we should probably get a lot more comfortable with considering the state of the Union.

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javier87 5 years, 5 months ago

OMG!!!!! A spanking. What is this world coming to? :) OK, how can a spanking be tied in with the headline for SEX CRIMES????

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Jersey_Girl 5 years, 5 months ago

But what is happening with the serial rapist???

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