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KANSAS CITY, MO (2012-07-05)
Formal charges have been filed against a 44-year-old Effingham, Kansas man accused of multiple sex crimes with a young girl.
James White made his first appearance Tuesday in Atchison County, Kansas District Court on two counts each of rape, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and aggravated criminal sodomy. The first set of counts is alleged to have occurred between January 2010 and January 2012 while the girl was 13 years old. Those are off grid felonies, meaning, if convicted, White would be given a mandatory life sentence in prison under Jessica’s Law. The second set of counts is alleged to have occurred between January and July of this year while the girl is 14. Those counts are levels three, five and three respectively. The case is being investigated by the Leavenworth County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office as there is a conflict of interest with the alleged victim and a member of the Atchison County, Kansas Sheriff’s Department. Bond was set at 250 thousand dollars. Atchison County Attorney Gerald Kuckelman says more charges against White are anticipated as the investigation continues. He says 30 total counts are expected by the conclusion of the investigation.
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