Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Carbondale man arrested here for attempted rapes

November 8, 2007

Baldwin City police arrested a 38-year-old Carbondale man here Friday morning on two charges of attempted rape and electronic solicitation of a child, said Police Chief Mike McKenna. The alleged crimes involve 12- and 13-year-old Baldwin City girls.

The man was charged in Douglas County District Court Monday with attempted rape and attempted sodomy. The electronic solicitation charges will come from Osage County where the solicitation allegedly occurred, he said.

"He's still in jail on $80,000 bond," McKenna said Tuesday. "His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 13.

"What it comes down to is the DA in Osage County and the DA in Douglas County will have to sit down and figure out what charges to file and whether there will be two trials," he said.

McKenna said the arrest was the result of an investigation by the department based on a tip. He declined to say anything else about the tip.

"(Thursday) evening, the Baldwin City Police Department learned that an individual wanted to come to Baldwin to meet 13- and 12-year-old girls 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."

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