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Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lawrence man, 26, arrested on suspicion of rape

January 5, 2012, 10:58 a.m. Updated January 5, 2012, 4:42 p.m.

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A 26-year-old Lawrence has been charged in Douglas County District Court with rape and aggravated sexual battery.

He was arrested Wednesday night after a 21-year-old Lawrence woman had earlier reported a sexual assault, according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Matt Sarna.

Sarna said the woman reported the assault on Monday, alleging it occurred Dec. 31 in a residence in south-central Lawrence. He said the victim did not receive any life-threatening physical injuries. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

The defendant is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 12.

The Journal-World does not generally identify people accused of sex crimes unless they are convicted.

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