A Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with what police called the repeated rapes of two girls.
Police said the parents of the two girls, who are now 8 and 10, reported to officers that the girls said the man, a family friend, 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.
The 32-year-old man was arrested on four counts of rape, three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The man’s wife, 33, was arrested on charges of endangering a child and felony lewd and lascivious behavior.
Sgt. Bill Cory said police are continuing to investigate whether there are other incidents that involve other victims.
The arrested couple’s neighbor William Tramp said his neighbors regularly had children at their apartment, but he didn’t know whether the couple had any children of their own.
Tramp said he spoke to the male suspect earlier about his relationship with the children who frequented the couple’s apartment.
“He was going to buy Christmas gifts for them,” Tramp said. “I never saw anything inappropriate.”
Cory said cases like this one are not uncommon in Lawrence.
“We have officers trained for this kind of thing, and they stay busy,” he said.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 832-7509 or CrimeStoppers at 843-TIPS (8477).