Douglas County prosecutors on Monday filed an aggravated criminal sodomy charge against a 31-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy earlier this year.
Lawrence police arrested the man Saturday after initial investigation in the case that began April 24, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman. The boy’s mother alleged that the suspect had inappropriate sexual relations with the boy in a south-central Lawrence residence earlier that day. At the time, the suspect was the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, Sarna said.
According to court records, the case was filed under Jessica’s law, and, if convicted, the man could face 25 years to life in prison. Pro-tem Judge James George set the man’s bond at $75,000 during a hearing Monday and ordered him to have no contact with the boy or the boy’s mother if he gets out of jail.
Assistant district attorney Eve Kemple said it didn’t appear the man had any criminal history, but she said prosecutors believed the mother allowed him to be around the child after the incident was initially reported to police. The defendant told George he returned to the Lawrence residence after not hearing anything for several weeks from law enforcement, but he said he had not been around the boy.
The suspect had a Topeka address when he was arrested, according to Douglas County Jail records.
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