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Archive for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lawrence man, 28, charged with one count of rape

November 23, 2011, 12:51 p.m. Updated November 23, 2011, 3:54 p.m.

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Lawrence police on Tuesday night arrested a 28-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of rape after conducting a two-week investigation in the case.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman, said a 24-year-old Lawrence woman called police Nov. 9 and alleged that the suspect had sexually assaulted her Nov. 6 at a residence in south-central Lawrence. The man and woman were acquaintances, and officers interviewed the man before arresting him.

Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, filed one count of rape against the man accusing him of committing the act while the woman was unconscious.

Defense attorney Hatem Chahine said the man had ties to Lawrence and was not a flight risk. Chahine also said the man had no past criminal history, and Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild agreed to set bond at $30,000. The man will next appear in court at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in front of District Judge Paula Martin.

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

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