A 32-year-old Lawrence man who on Tuesday said he would waive his right to a preliminary hearing and plead guilty to sexually assaulting two young girls will instead stand trial on all eight charges against him.
Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel did not accept the guilty pleas because the defense refused to provide more details about the case.
"I don't feel that just stating the charges as written on the information is sufficient," Kittel said.
Instead of accepting the man’s eight guilty pleas, Kittel entered not guilty pleas for the defendant and set a trial date for Jan. 24.
“We wanted the court to accept the factual basis as alleged in the complaint, and the court wanted more,” defense attorney Michael Clarke said.
Lawrence police have said the parents of the girls, who are now 9 and 10, reported to officers that the girls said the man had raped both of them repeatedly during the past two years. The rapes, police said, reportedly occurred at a home in the north-central part of Lawrence.
Kittel said the man faces three counts of rape of a child, three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
The man and his wife both face charges in the case. The man’s wife, 33, was arrested on charges of endangering a child and felony lewd and lascivious behavior. Her trial is scheduled in September.
The Journal-World does not identify suspects of sex crimes unless they are officially convicted or a judge accepts a guilty plea.