Archive for Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lawrence husband and wife arrested in connection with rape of two girls

Police investigate whether other victims involved

A Lawrence couple was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of rape of two young girls. Police are continuing an investigation into the incident.

June 2, 2010


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).


jackpot 7 years, 10 months ago

Booking shows him at 32 she is listed at 33. Forget the key put them so deep you feed them with slingshot.

chumchuum 7 years, 10 months ago

i am in law enforcement i can guarantee they are guilty every single time! we don't go around willie nillie arresting people.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 10 months ago

imagine that; a cop that assumes everyone they deal with is guilty...

ivalueamerica 7 years, 10 months ago

So we should bypass the Constitution for your word?

No thank you.

kansasredlegs 7 years, 10 months ago

You must not be old enough to remember the McMarten Pre-school case in California, uh? The longest, most expensive jury trial in the history of California. Law Enforcement showed its true colors in that case, convictions without regard for actual proof, just 'evidence' conjured up by newly birthed Forensic Child Psychologist Soothsayer profession along with Expert Police Child Investigators / Interviewers playing with dolls to get children to say what they needed to hear.

compmd 7 years, 10 months ago

You can guarantee the people you arrest are guilt of what they are charged with every single time? Well with you on the force I suppose we don't need judges or juries! Because chumchuum is never wrong! I worked in law enforcement too, and you disgust me.

Do the profession a favor and turn in your badge.

Fatty_McButterpants 7 years, 10 months ago

Innocent until proven guilty is for the courts, not public opinion.

ebyrdstarr 7 years, 10 months ago

Except, of course, that juries are comprised of people from the public. So when we the public start to let ourselves forget about that presumption, it seeps into jury rooms.

afraidnot 7 years, 10 months ago

It'd be nice if at least some citizens could uphold American ideals though, a core being the presumption of innocence. People just get on here and start blabbing without thinking. Surely very few people support the concept of punishment based purely on an accusation without a fair trial. There are countries that opperate that way though...feel free to move to one of those and see how you like it.

hipper_than_hip 7 years, 10 months ago

Execution within 30 day upon conviction; no second chances, no parole, no probation, no excuses.

DRsmith 7 years, 10 months ago

These people have great patience. I would have probably just killed the guy instead of reporting.

weluvbowling 7 years, 10 months ago

You say that DRsmith, and that is truly what you want to do, BUT, you have to remember, your child needs you so therefore you have to try to think sensibly...rationally. We could all stand in line and beat the he** out of people who do this until they are dead and yes it would save us tax payers ALOT of money..........hey as I type this it doesn't sound half bad! LOL j/k The problem is, this too would be illegal and then the kids would have no parents. You have to think about them needing care before you think about how someone truly needs to die. Remember, there are people in jail and prison who don't like these kind of people so they will be tended to in time. AND I speak only from experience. I am currently a parent in the same type of situation in another County. Those babies are going to need lots of love, guidance and counseling not a parent that is in jail for murder. I had a two day drive to get back to Kansas to think my behavior through.

Bridgett Walthall 7 years, 10 months ago

Is there a point at which we will learn the identities of these two?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 10 months ago

Once there is a conviction, we will identify the two suspects.

ebyrdstarr 7 years, 10 months ago

At the risk of being lambasted for being too protective of the presumption of innocence, shouldn't you write "if" there are convictions?

Sniffer 7 years, 10 months ago

Upon conviction? If it isn't dropped or plead out, but rather it goes to a judge/jury to decide, isn't the trial itself open to the public - isn't that when the names are made known?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 10 months ago

You certainly could go to the trial and get the names. It's our policy, with cases of alleged sexual abuse, not to name names until there's a conviction.

aletheia 7 years, 10 months ago

I understand LJW's policy, but you can access public records through the DGSO website. Look at the booking recap. You can see who was booked and the charges filed.

whats_going_on 7 years, 10 months ago

If this is true, GROSS, gtf out of our town. If not, and this is another case like that poor school teacher a few weeks ago, UGH.

tobe2000 7 years, 10 months ago

If true, these two should never see the light of day again. To me, even just killing them is too lenient.

40ozToFreedom 7 years, 10 months ago

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Clark Coan 7 years, 10 months ago

All criminals who need to be separated from civil society forever, should be placed on an island in the Pacific. Give them some seeds and tools and let them "homestead". A satellite can watch to see if they try to escape.

inklines 7 years, 10 months ago

QT, Great Britain used to think that way about their criminals and far away penal colonies. I believe they called it Australia.

Tamaralaug 7 years, 10 months ago

If you want to know who it is, just go the Douglas County Sheriff's office website and read the Booking Recap report. It is public record and it lists their names right there.

40ozToFreedom 7 years, 10 months ago

The Capital Journal has there names listed in there article.

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years, 10 months ago

"their names listed in their article. "their" is possessive, "there" is a place.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 10 months ago

johnathan k. if i read an article from cj online which reveals their names why can't we discuss that ?

hawkman8950 7 years, 10 months ago

Damn good point Rando! No wonder why i prefer out of town papers over the local empire of doom known as The World Company

KEITHMILES05 7 years, 10 months ago

Why is it ok to identify Lew Perkins and this Dent guy in your reporting? Just a thought.

pfunk81 7 years, 10 months ago

Are you serious? Were they involved in a life ruining sex crime?

Stuart Evans 7 years, 10 months ago

it's when the person making it can't talk.

aletheia 7 years, 10 months ago

Actually, it's a "moot" point -- as in no longer applicable or relevent.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 10 months ago

Innocent until proven guilty, especially the wife. She was not charged with rape, so maybe she was just stupid/blind. Maybe she was just charged to scare her into testifying.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 10 months ago

Unfortunately I do know something about this. The guy knows he is guilty; the story above didn't say, but he turned himself in. I would be extremely surprised if he doesn't plead guilty or no contest. This is heart-breaking (especially for the victims) No further comments from me.

Sunny Parker 7 years, 10 months ago

Turned himself in could mean that he went to the police station to find out what/why etc the charges were for. That hardly means he is admitting guilt.

Don't know...just saying!

kernal 7 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps because the perp lives in central Lawrence?

Hoots 7 years, 10 months ago

This is why I stay a million miles away from anyone under 25. They could be guilty as sin or it could be another witch hunt. I know no children on purpose for this reason. Hang em if they really did but their lives are desroid even if they didn't. Reason #1 not to be a male teacher and reason #1 we have so few.

JoRight 7 years, 10 months ago

Seriously, every adult should stay away from any children. . .they are just too tempting. . .Hoots, you're weirding me out man

Michael Capra 7 years, 10 months ago

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NewsReader2 7 years, 10 months ago

One of my good friends lives in the same apartment building as this couple. It's very sad for me to say that there were children constantly coming and going through their apartment. He was heavily involved in some sort of Baptist church related children's program, pulling up to his apt with vans full of kids. Always was a bit weary of their confederate flags, but never once thought this could happen... I usually don't do the online forum thing but Jesus.....

Paul Hahn 7 years, 10 months ago

Churches need to make a policy of conducting background checks on youth volunteers. Especially with men who come out of nowhere, eager to do youth ministry. That person may have the appearance of being a God-send; but that's the M.O. of sexual predators.

Paul Hahn, LMFT

Just_as_if 7 years, 10 months ago

It is amazing how everyone here has the answers, especially when they know nothing of the situation. A background check does not reveal first time offenders.

Reuben Turner 7 years, 10 months ago

well when the truth is revealed, i hope they get what is suppose to come to them; whether good or bad. justice must prevail.

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