November 1, 2014

Edgerton man jailed in child rape case

Amy Cunningham
acunningham@gardnernews.com

An Edgerton man remains jailed in Douglas County on charges of child rape, indecent liberties with a child and lewd and lascivious behavior.

The 45-year-old was arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff’s department on Saturday, Feb. 5 after a lengthy investigation.  The department received the initial complaint on Nov. 13, three days following the most recent attack.

In all, the suspect faces seven charges including two counts of rape of a child, three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior.

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office alleges the abuse took place on numerous occasions between June and November of 2010.

Investigators have identified two 5-year-old victims, acknowledged in court documents only by their initials.  Prosecutors believe that, on two occasions, the suspect allegedly raped one of the children.  They have also outlined two separate incidents where the suspect allegedly fondled and exposed himself to that child.  In addition, the D.A. alleges that the accused fondled the other child and exposed himself to that victim.

The prosecutor’s office has confirmed the suspect’s address is located in the Edgerton Mobile Home Park where he was arrested.  According to Sgt. Steve Lewis, public information officer for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, the incidents occurred at a different location, identified as the 2300 block of N. 400 Road in Douglas County.

Cheryl Wright of the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office said that the suspect first appeared before a judge on Monday, Feb. 7 to hear charges.  At that time bond was set at $150,000.  She said the accused would next appear before a judge at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 22, to set the date for the preliminary hearing.

Because the suspect is innocent until proven guilty by conviction in court, The Gardner News will refrain from revealing his name in print.

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