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Man facing trial for aiding, abetting rape

A teenager is preparing for a legal trial that will address alleged sex crimes perpetuated against a 76-year-old woman. While the primary defendant in the case is 18 years old and considered an adult, a juvenile has also been accused. The younger man reportedly raped the woman during a robbery in June, according to authorities. The older defendant is being ordered to stand trial for both aggravated burglary and aiding and abetting the woman's rape.

Authorities report that the younger man decided to break into the home after he noticed the absence of a vehicle that was normally parked outside. The juvenile argues that the robbery was the older man's idea; their stories conflict on multiple points. The young men are accused of making off with two TVs, jewelry and $3 found in the woman's purse. Officers say they found some of the woman's jewelry at the Wichita, Kansas, home where the defendants were apprehended.

The woman claims that one man threatened her with a gun as he raped her. Her initial testimony also indicates that the alleged rapist continued to say two words throughout the encounter: Savage and Meghan. Savage is the name of the underage defendant's dog, while Meghan is the name of his sister. DNA evidence at the scene was linked only to the juvenile, whose clothing also contained traces of the alleged victim's DNA.

In this case, even though there is no evidence that the older man raped the woman, he could still be convicted of sex crimes because he did not stop the assault. That man claims that he did not know that the woman had been raped; those claims will be evaluated by a jury in the near future.

An arrest for a criminal charge does not mean you are automatically guilty. No matter the evidence against you, your criminal defense attorney can help you learn more about your courtroom rights. Consult a qualified defense lawyer to help you understand your legal options in your criminal case.


Source: 
www.kansas.com, "Suspect ordered to stand trial in rape of 76-year-old woman" Hurst Laviana, Aug. 16, 2013

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