Archive for Monday, September 24, 2012

Two Lawrence men charged with sex crimes

September 24, 2012


Two Lawrence men were formally charged Monday with sex crimes in Douglas County District Court.

Here’s a recap of the cases:

• A 44-year-old man was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. According to prosecutors, the alleged crimes took place between May and July. The investigation was handled by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the man — already in jail on a DUI conviction — was served an arrest warrant Friday. Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, the man faces up to 12 years in prison on each charge.

• A 31-year-old man was charged with attempted rape and criminal restraint. According to police, the alleged crime took place Aug. 20 at a central Lawrence residence and the victim was an acquaintance of the suspect. The man was arrested Friday. In court, prosecutors alleged the man got on top of a woman, choked her and attempted to rape her. Prosecutors asked for, and were granted, a request for a $100,000 bond, based primarily on the suspect’s undocumented immigrant status. The man could face up to 20 years in prison on the charges.

The Journal-World does not typically name sex-crime suspects unless they’re convicted.


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