A Douglas County judge on Monday declined to lower bond for an 19-year-old Kansas University student who faces aggravated child endangerment charges for alleged incidents involving his former girlfriend. Timothy Riling, a defense attorney for Trevor J. Benedict, of Perry, had asked District Judge Sally Pokorny to lower his client’s $65,000 bond. Prosecutors accused Benedict of continuing to see the girl even though he was prohibited from doing so while on bond. He faces one case as an adult and another as a juvenile based on his age at the time of the alleged incidents.
In the adult case, Benedict is charged with one count of aggravated child endangerment for allegedly placing the girl, who is 17, in danger on Aug. 23. That case was filed after prosecutors in the juvenile case accused him of two counts of aggravated child endangerment for incidents involving the girl in December 2010. Prosecutors and Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators have said little about the case, but a report for the 2010 incidents listed “unconsciousness” as the victim’s injury.
Chief assistant district attorney Amy McGowan said Monday that prosecutors had evidence the girl went to Benedict’s residence four times, which was a violation of a no-contact order, and that in November an officer pulled Benedict over near the girl’s residence. Riling said the alleged victim had repeatedly showed up at Benedict’s residence but now that he has spent three weeks in jail, Benedict was motivated to comply with court orders.
But Pokorny said Monday a judge in juvenile court had already decided the bond issue, and she scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 1.