INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – Authorities accuse an Independence Community College staff member of rape and sexual battery.
The suspect made his first appearance in Montgomery County District Court today via Zoom to set his bond. The ICC staff member is not formally charged. However, the Independence Police Department is recommending charges of
- aggravated sexual battery,
- sexual intercourse with a victim who is mentally deficient,
- and furnishing alcohol or cereal malt beverages to minors.
Attorney Brian Duncan is representing the accused. He argued for a $10,000 cash surety bond because the allegations have not yet been formalized in the form of written charges. The arrest charges listed are only in the Independence Police Department’s probable cause statement.
Judge Gettler said the nature of the allegations made in the probable cause statement would lead him to raise that recommended bond. He then ordered a $50,000 surety bond. The Judge also ordered bond supervision by the Court Services Officers as a condition if he posts bond. The Court also forbids the suspect to have any contact with the alleged victims in this case.
The suspect is on paid administrative leave from ICC, according to Duncan.
Speaking on behalf of the State of Kansas, Montgomery County prosecuting attorney Lisa Montgomery said her office has hired a special prosecutor. That’s according to the Montgomery County Chronicle. Newton, Kansas Attorney David Yoder will prosecute the case due to conflicts involving the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office.
Judge Gettler says the prosecution must file formal charges by the suspect’s next court appearance on April 26. Otherwise, the Court will release the suspect from custody if he hasn’t already posted bond at that time.
(KOAM’s general policy is to withhold suspect names pending formal charges)
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