- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man and woman were charged Wednesday with multiple felony counts after prosecutors said they kidnapped and sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl over the weekend in Topeka.

Jeremy Lindsey, 28, and Michelle Harris, 23, both of Topeka, are each jailed in Shawnee County on $1 million bond, The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1tZKLqr) reported. They were arrested Saturday night, not long after the girl was found walking along a road about two miles away from her home.

During the six hours the girl was missing, about 50 people had searched for her. Some searchers took four-wheelers to nearby woods while others printed off flyers.

The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault.

According to Shawnee County court records, Lindsey faces charges of rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated child endangerment, unlawful administration of a substance to the child, and felony criminal damage to property. Harris is charged with aggravated kidnapping, rape and aggravated child endangerment.

The Shawnee County court website listed Lindsey’s attorney as Joseph P. Huerter, but a woman who answered the phone at his law firm told the AP that the case hadn’t yet been formally assigned to Huerter. Harris’ attorney in the Shawnee County public defender’s office didn’t immediately return a phone call.

According to the Kansas Department of Corrections website, Lindsey has a criminal record that includes multiple burglary and theft charges. He was shown to have been in the Shawnee County Jail as recently as mid-June.

Lindsey and Harris told a judge during a court appearance Monday that they have a son together, who now is in the care of juvenile authorities. The age of that child wasn’t disclosed.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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