Crime & Courts

Wichita father charged with rape in alleged abuse of 5-year-old girls

A Wichita man who police say sexually abused his 5-year-old twin daughters was charged Thursday with two counts of rape and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. All four of the charges are considered Jessica’s Law crimes, which means, if convicted, the father could be sentenced to life in prison without parole eligibility for 25 years on each count.

The Eagle is not naming the father to protect the identity of the children involved in the case. He is being held in Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Wichita police on Tuesday announced that officers had arrested the 31-year-old man after a kindergarten teacher at one of Wichita’s public schools overheard comments from one of the girls in class and contacted authorities. The girl’s twin sister, in the course of the investigation, also disclosed information about alleged abuse, Lt. James Espinoza said at the time.

The man was questioned and jailed late Monday night. He is accused in a criminal complaint of engaging “in the act of sexual intercourse,” as well as sodomy with one of his daughters on or about May 11 and with the other daughter sometime between March 27 and May 11.

He is next due in court May 28.

The girls’ mother was questioned but wasn’t arrested, Espinoza said Tuesday.

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