Archive for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Charges allege police impersonator raped woman near The Legends

December 22, 2010

A 55-year-old Kansas City, Kan., who was the subject of a sexually violent predator civil commitment proceeding in 2009, faces charges that he impersonated a police office then raped a woman Monday near The Legends shopping center.

On Wednesday, Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman filed criminal charges of rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated intimidation of a victim, false impersonation of a law enforcement officer and aggravated sexual battery against the man.

In a news release, Gorman said the incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. Monday, when the alleged assailant approached an adult woman in the parking lot of Walmart, 10900 Parallel Parkway, and accused her of shoplifting. With the woman in his vehicle, the man drove to the neighboring Best Buy parking lot, 10500 Parallel, and sexually assaulted her. He later released the woman.

The assailant, who had been convicted in Sedgwick County of attempted rape in a 1977 case and of rape and aggravated assault in a 1980 case, was arrested Tuesday by Kansas City, Kan., police and Kansas parole officers near Fifth and State, where he was tracked by a GPS device that he wore.

He had been granted parole on Jan. 15, 2009. He was the subject of a sexually violent predator civil commitment proceeding in Sedgwick County but jurors deadlocked on the finding. He was released on parole in January 2010, and moved to Wyandotte County. He was being supervised on parole by the Sex Offender GPS Unit of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

A Wyandotte County District judge set bond at $250,000, and the suspect remains in custody.

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