Carbondale man charged with attempted rape
A Carbondale man was charged in Douglas County District Court on Monday with attempting to have sex with two Baldwin City girls under the age of 14.
The 38-year-old man was being held in the county jail on $80,000 bail on charges of attempted rape and attempted aggravated sodomy. If convicted, the man could face a total maximum sentence of 419 months in prison. His next court appearance is 2 p.m. Nov. 13.
The suspect was arrested Friday by Baldwin City police acting on a tip after he drove to Baldwin City from Carbondale, Police Chief Mike McKenna said.
The Signal doesn't print the names of sex crime suspects until they have been convicted.
McKenna said the arrest was the result of good police work.
"(Thursday) evening, the Baldwin City Police Department learned that an individual wanted to come to Baldwin to meet a 13- and 12-year-old girl for illicit purposes," said McKenna. "(Friday) morning at 9 o'clock, the suspect came to Baldwin to meet the two girls at which time he was arrested by Baldwin City police officers."
The suspect was interviewed and taken to Douglas County Jail on the felony charges. McKenna wouldn't elaborate on the case.
"Yeah, that's all I can say right now," he said. "They'll set his bond. Because of the ages of the children, it's considered rape instead of indecent liberties. No, he did not complete (the act)."
McKenna praised the work his officers did on the case. But, he wouldn't say how they got the tip.
"I can't go into that," he said. "All the officers involved in this case did an outstanding job. It went like clockwork. I'm very proud of them."
The Signal will update this story online as more information becomes available. There will be a story in Thursday's issue.