Prosecutors have charged two men in unrelated cases with aggravated criminal sodomy against a child younger than 14, a Jessica’s Law offense.
Bradley W. Taber and Michael J.R. Moore were ordered back to Sedgwick County District Court for preliminary hearings June 5. They made their first appearances in court Friday, records show.
Taber, 19, is accused in a criminal complaint of sodomizing a 5-year-old on or about May 16.
The alleged victim in the case against Moore is 12, court records show; the offense date is listed as on or about May 7. Moore is also 19.
Each man indicated he lived in Wichita on an application for court-appointed counsel filed with the court. Those requests were approved by a judge Friday.
Under Kansas law, the standard sentence for people convicted of a Jessica’s Law crime is life in prison without parole eligibility for 25 years. The law covers certain sex offenses involving adult perpetrators and victims younger than 14, including rape, aggravated indecent liberties, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated human trafficking.