- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man was convicted Friday of abducting an 8-year-old girl from her Topeka home, then drugging and raping her before she managed to free herself.

Jeremy James Lindsey, 29, held his chin in his hands as he was found guilty of 10 counts, including rape, aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping, The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/20yDvjV ) reports.

Witnesses testified that the girl vanished for about six hours in September 2014 before freeing herself from the telephone cords that bound her. She fled from the abandoned home where she was raped and sought help.

While she was missing, about 50 people had searched for her, some on four-wheelers. The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault.

Senior assistant district attorney Dustin Curry reminded jurors that a witness had identified Lindsey as the man seen jumping a fence near the abandoned home.

“There was simply no evidence leading to anyone else except Jeremy Lindsey,” Curry said.

Defense attorney Don Hoffman said during closing arguments that it was an “unlikely circumstance” in which someone was able to kidnap the victim from a home full of adults, a dog and another child, without being noticed.

“This is not a neat, tidy package of clear evidence,” he said.

Hoffman also questioned the testimony of the victim, saying she had been “beat over the head” during questioning and persuaded to say she had been sexually assaulted.

A woman is free on bond awaiting trial in the case. She’s accused of picking up Lindsey and the girl from a wooded area and dropping them off at the abandoned house.

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


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