Baldwin City man charged with rape and aggravated domestic battery

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is pictured in March of 2022. The center houses the Douglas County District Court and other county services.

A Baldwin City man was charged on Tuesday in Douglas County District Court with choking and raping a woman.

The man, Matthew Thaine Lee, 58, faces one felony count of rape of a 37-year-old woman, one felony count of aggravated domestic battery and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery, according to charging documents. The incident is alleged to have occurred on Monday.

Lee was arrested Monday afternoon near the intersection of Sixth and Chapel streets in Baldwin City, according to the Douglas County Jail’s booking log.

During Lee’s first appearance on Tuesday, he was appointed a defense attorney, Branden Smith, and his bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 1 for an arraignment.

Lee has multiple felony convictions in Coffey, Franklin and Shawnee counties for theft, burglary and drug possession, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records.

The Journal-World has requested Lee’s booking photo from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.