Archive for Monday, January 9, 2012

New charges filed against KU student accused of putting ex-girlfriend in danger

January 9, 2012


Douglas County prosecutors have filed new charges against an 18-year-old Kansas University student who is accused of placing his former girlfriend in danger.

Trevor J. Benedict, of Perry, who already faces a juvenile child endangerment case, appeared before a judge from jail Monday on counts of aggravated child endangerment, a felony, and attempted violation of a protective order.

Prosecutors have said little about the cases against Benedict, but according to the charges in the new case, he’s accused on Aug. 23 of recklessly placing the girl, who is 17, in a situation in where her “life, body or health” were endangered. He’s also accused of driving by her residence in northwestern Douglas County on Nov. 10, while he was prohibited from going to the property by court order.

In the juvenile case filed last year, prosecutors filed felony child endangerment charges against Benedict when he was 17 for an alleged incidents involving the girl in December 2010. A Douglas County Sheriff’s report for the 2010 incidents listed “unconsciousness” as the victim’s injury, but authorities provided no other details.

Benedict’s next hearing in the adult case is scheduled for Jan. 23. He remained in jail Monday in lieu of $60,000 bond in the juvenile case after his bail was increased in last month.


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