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Former Eudora man jailed on sexual abuse charges

March 31, 2005

A former Eudora resident charged with five counts of rape will go on trial April 13 in Douglas County District Court.

The trial date for the 41-year-old Mission Hills man was set Monday at the man's preliminary hearing by District Judge Jack Murphy.

The man, who remains in Douglas County Jail, also is charged with four counts of aggravated sodomy and four counts of indecent liberties. He was charged with the crimes during his first court appearance March 23 in Douglas County District Court, and his bond was set at $75,000.

The Eudora News does not identify defendants in sex crime cases unless they are convicted.

The defendant was arrested March 21 by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department after an investigation by the Eudora Police Department, according to Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem.

Complaints were made against the man in October on behalf of three female juveniles who alleged they were sexually abused over a period of more than two years and were threatened with bodily harm to themselves and their mother if they told anyone of the abuse.

Court documents indicate the man was a former live-in boyfriend of the girls' mother.

According to the documents, the girls informed their mother of the abuse in October 2004, months after the man moved out of the Eudora home.

According to the court documents, the girls' mother also alleged that the man stalked her, broke into her house and damaged her vehicle.

Dahlem said since the initial complaint was filed, his department had become aware of other possible victims of the defendant in Eudora and elsewhere.

According to court documents, a restraining order was filed in November 2004 against the defendant by another Eudora resident who alleged she had been sexually abused while she lived in the same residence as the man, prior to February 2000. The victim alleged she and her mother were both threatened with violence if they told anyone.

At the time of his March 21 arrest, the man was in jail on separate charges following an investigation by the Lawrence Police Department on what Dahlem said he believed to be unrelated but similar charges. He had recently been given work release privileges.

The defendant was charged with committing an act of lewd and lascivious behavior last August. Court records show that he entered a plea of "no contest" to that charge on Jan. 24.

-- Alicia Henrikson (ahenrikson@ljworld.com) contributed to this story.

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