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Lawrence couple accused of sexually assaulting two little girls makes first appearance in court

Bond set at $500,000 for man, $10,000 for woman

The 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on multiple counts of rape as well as sodomy and other charges. A local pastor from Heritage Baptist Church has been named as a witness in the case.

June 3, 2010

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Lawrence police said Thursday they are investigating whether there may be more victims in a case involving a couple arrested for sex crimes against two young girls.

The Lawrence couple made their first appearance in Douglas County District Court on Thursday afternoon. Bond for the man was set at $500,000, while the woman’s was set at $10,000. The husband and wife were ordered to have no contact with each other or the victims, who authorities described as family friends.

Police said the parents of the girls, who are now 8 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.

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.

The criminal complaint was made available Thursday. It named several witnesses, including the Rev. Scott Hanks, head pastor of Heritage Baptist Church.

A church official confirmed that the male suspect is a member of the congregation. It is unclear whether the male suspect had any involvement with the church’s youth programs.

In a statement Thursday, Hanks said, “The Heritage Baptist Church is ashamed and appalled at the actions of (the suspect). The church stands against rape, sodomy, and indecent liberties with a child. Such wicked and vile acts should be punished and not tolerated in or outside any church.”

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 832-7509 or CrimeStoppers at 843-TIPS (8477).

The Journal-World does not name suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction.

Comments

swan_diver 3 years, 10 months ago

The 'church' is the home of all things ungodly, inhuman and flatly criminal. They've debased civilization since our species began crawling out of caves -- and continue to do so until this day. It's the Devil's tool, frankly.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 10 months ago

They, to me, are enemy combatants...and should be treated accordingly. God can be used as an enemy combatant, as they have adequately demonstrated. No further accountability would be required. Fire at will. (Read this before it gets pulled)

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TrooGrit 3 years, 10 months ago

hmm....remind you of Westboro Baptist (not affiliated officially) but decrying American soldiers for defending their country, and their interests?

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Just_as_if 3 years, 10 months ago

Justchuck-you are right, the church should be the last concern, but some people make an assumption that since they attended the church, that the church condoned or knew about the acts. Which from the pastor's statement neither are true.

Fabian_zimbabwe-I believe it was the fact that you copied their names into you post which got it removed.

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Charlie Sabotage 3 years, 10 months ago

the church is the last concern to me of this article. those two people should be put to death. Horrible, horrible people

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fabian_zimbabwe 3 years, 10 months ago

Touchy, touchy! I merely point out that further details to this story (important ones, like the names of the accused) are available on the KC Star Web site and I get removed?

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fabian_zimbabwe 3 years, 10 months ago

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Just_as_if 3 years, 10 months ago

Why is it that anyone thinks that Pastor Hanks is at fault in any way? The actions of the accused was clearly stated "the incidents occured in the home" not at the church. To say the this church is legalistic is a false statement, because if it was a legalistic church, they would be following all of the Old Testament Laws, which require burnt sacrifices, and worship services held on Saturday, etc...I don't see any altar with a burnt oxen on it over there.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Isn't that the same church that preaches on the corners of downtown in the summer?

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igby 3 years, 10 months ago

We shouldn't blame any church for these sex offenders that abuse children. They're everywhere, any many join churches, daycare's, youth groups and schools, so they can have contact with children. You just never know why some people's mind is thinking about doing to your children or why they're like they are.

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mdrndgtl 3 years, 10 months ago

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Michael Capra 3 years, 10 months ago

hanky ur so fine u blow all of r minds

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AKCmom 3 years, 10 months ago

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Michael Capra 3 years, 10 months ago

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 10 months ago

When the prior story said "Baptist church", I assumed it was Heritage. They have an enmeshed, cult-like culture there. It's the sort of culture that breeds this kind of activity. What most Christians don't realize/acknowledge is that intensely legalistic churches historically are the very churches that have the MOST sexual issues. Read Paul's letter to the Galatians: the letter is about LEGALISM and FLESHLY SIN because that's what happens in legalistic churches. Where you have legalism, you always have compulsive behaviors and fear-bonded relationships.

Grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness (per Paul's letter to Titus).

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Kelly Johnson 3 years, 10 months ago

I am assuming the church is mentioning it because they know that sooner or later it will come out that the accused couple are affiliated with the church, and if the church didn't say something right away it would make them look as though they are trying to hide something.

The part I find interesting about the church's statement is that it didn't say anything about assuming the couple is innocent until they are proven guilty...

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 10 months ago

Why in the world would the church even bring up they are members? Why talk about it?

And LJW, the "little" in "little girls" headline almost sounds infamatory.

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