Archive for Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lawrence man, 26, arrested on charges of raping girlfriend

August 3, 2011, 10:22 a.m. Updated August 3, 2011, 2:08 p.m.


Douglas County prosecutors Wednesday were reviewing information following an arrest of a 26-year-old Lawrence man on charges of rape and domestic battery after his girlfriend alleged Tuesday that he sexually assaulted her.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said officers were called Tuesday evening to Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s emergency room after a 22-year-old Lawrence woman alleged that her boyfriend had assaulted earlier Tuesday at a residence in central Lawrence.

Sarna said Wednesday that the woman had minor physical injuries that were not life-threatening. Officers interviewed the suspect and arrested him Tuesday night.

He remained in the Douglas County Jail Wednesday. Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Wednesday afternoon that the man likely wouldn’t make a first appearance in court until Thursday afternoon.

The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.


Frank A Janzen 6 years, 9 months ago

"Sarna said the woman had minor injuries that were not life-threatening." This is another case of a rape victim being mislabeled as having "minor injuries". Rape is not a "minor injury."

BlackVelvet 6 years, 9 months ago

Actually, he said "minor PHYSICAL injuries".....which to me means injuries other than the trauma of the rape.

Alceste 6 years, 9 months ago

Does it help you to feel all big and fancy to use words like "perp"? Even the police don't use the term "perpetrator". It's subject not perpetrator.

The only perpetrating going on around here is by idiots in civil service and the government who perpetrate one manner of fraud after another against the People. I suppose "job creators" perpetrate the same type of fraud as do phat cat "farmers" who are on Welfare and the Public Dole.

"Perp" = too much PWT viewing a la Jerry Springer, Steve Wilcos, blah, blah, blah.....

Brock Masters 6 years, 9 months ago

It is obvious that he was referring to her physical injuries. Are you critical about all other reporting? For example, the same thing could be said if it was reported that a robbery victim sustained minor injuries - the trauma of a robbery is not minor, but what do you want the police to do? Should they say, while we understand the trauma caused to the victim, the physical injuries sustained are minor and non-life threatening? Would that make it all better?

And, you don't know the context in which the answer was given. Perhaps the reporter asked, can you tell me if the physical injuries suffered are life threatening?

My point is not to minimize the trauma a rape victim suffers, but simply to point out not to make much ado about nothing.

Brock Masters 6 years, 9 months ago

Okay so tell me what should have the proper response been? And how do you know that more wasn't said and that is all the reporter chose to quote?

The guy who was stabbed by his girlfriend had his injuries reported as non-threatening. He is a victim of violence so how should his injuries have been reported?

Educate and enlighten me instead of just responding in graphic hyperbole.

pea 6 years, 9 months ago

The only name in this article is that of the LPD's spokesperson. Might want to postpone your attack...

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

Please, Dolph, don't give cats a bad name. I am "staff" to one and as "masters" go they ain't too bad. At least I get the occasional head butt.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

Awww thanks for editing the article and adding the word "physical" to the lady's injuries. (I really mean that sincerely.) As someone who has had personal experience with the trauma of rape on several levels, just that one kind and sensitive word can make all the difference to a recovering victim. To the general public, wrap your head around this; one in four women in the US will be sexually assaulted at some point in her lifetime. That's a heck of a lot of women. Think of all of your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, aunts, cousins, friends and co-workers. Start counting them off in your head and realize that at the very least, one of them (and possibly more) has been raped or molested. This also means that, if you live a normal life and aren't a hermit, at least once a week you will run into a woman in public that has been sexually assaulted at some point in her life; a store clerk, librarian, teacher, bank teller, grocery checker, insurance agent, attorney, etc. Rape does not respect class, profession or any other boundary. Just think about it.

Eugehne Normandin 6 years, 9 months ago

The journalWorld only releases names of sherrifs who are being foreclosed

fourkitties 6 years, 9 months ago

The girlfriend and him are alcoholics. She is a manipulator and compulsive liar. If you have sex daily with a person and happen to be....say....rough that may look like rape. She may have said it was rape if she was vindictive or...jealous and was upset at something he said, or did. I belive she's also had to apologize to the court once for lying to them.

Alceste 6 years, 9 months ago

What are you guys going on about? This mob has already convicted the subject! If it's in the paper and if there's been an arrest, he's guilty. That's the way the elite of Lawrence, Kansas think. Or don't. Simpletons.

LadyJ 6 years, 9 months ago

Lighten up fred and Alceste, most women's first gut reaction to a rape story is sympathy and outrage. Maybe because they are so often the one's getting raped and are the ones that have to worry about it. It is a completely natural reaction.

Alceste 6 years, 9 months ago

Right. Shoot first, ask questions later. Swell group of andrists. Swell. Peachy keen.

Alceste 6 years, 9 months ago

...typo....misandrists.....the lot at that.....

LadyJ 6 years, 9 months ago

Who says we aren't equally outraged? If it is proved that they made false accusations, they should be prosecuted for doing so.

Alceste 6 years, 9 months ago

LadyJ is arrogant enough to proffer LadyJ speaks for all womankind. rolling eyes

What I really want to know is when are we going to have a registered "I hit people over the head with a pipe and steal their money" list.

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