An Edgerton man charged with two counts of child rape will next face a Douglas County judge in a preliminary hearing set for March 15 at 9:30 a.m.
During the hearing the prosecutor will present evidence to a judge who will decide if there is probable cause that a crime was committed. If the judge determines that a crime was, indeed, committed the defendant will be bound for trial.
The 45-year-old, detained in the Douglas County Jail, was arrested at his home in the Edgerton Mobile Home Park on Feb. 5 following an investigation that began in mid-November.
In all, seven charged have been filed against the defendant. In addition to two counts of child rape, court records show that the suspect is accused of fondling and exposing himself to a child in two separate charges. Three other counts show that prosecutors allege the suspect fondled another 5-year-old victim on two separate occasions as well as exposing himself to that child.
Two 5-year-old victims have been identified by the prosecution.
According to Sgt. Steve Lewis, public information officer for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, the alleged abuse occurred on numerous occasions between June and November of 2010 in the 2300 block of N. 400 Road in Douglas County just northwest of Edgerton.
Because the suspect is innocent until proven guilty by conviction in court, The Gardner News will refrain from revealing his name in print.