Lawrence man charged with rape in fall 2018 incident

photo by: Mike Yoder

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.

A Lawrence man has been charged with rape in connection with an incident last year.

Gregory E. Esquivel, 22, of Lawrence, was arrested on the charges Tuesday and scheduled to make his first appearance in court Wednesday, according to jail and court records.

He is charged with one count of rape, a felony, for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman when she was unconscious or physically powerless, according to the complaint filed in Douglas County District Court. The rape allegedly happened in late September 2018, according to the complaint.

It was reported to Lawrence police the same day, in the early morning hours, according to corresponding Lawrence Police Department activity logs. Police declined to provide more information about the sex crime report when asked by the Journal-World at that time.

The charges against Esquivel were formally filed May 7. According to court records, his bond was set at $35,000.

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Gregory E. Esquivel

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd