A former Lawrence police officer was found not guilty of rape and numerous computer crimes Friday following a weeklong trial in Douglas County District Court.
Prosecutors agreed Tuesday morning to allow the case against a former Lawrence police officer charged with raping a woman in his patrol vehicle to move to criminal mediation.
A woman was afraid to report that she had been raped by a Lawrence police officer when he gave her a ride home from the bars on New Year’s Day in 2017, according to allegations in court documents.
Documents filed in the case of a former Lawrence police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty indicate that prosecutors are moving forward cautiously to protect both the woman and their case. Also, here’s how the man’s bond differs from most local sex crime cases.
A man accused of raping a 20-year-old woman while he was on duty as a Lawrence police officer was formally charged during a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
Former Lawrence police officer Jonathan Gardner was arrested Friday on suspicion of more than two dozen criminal counts, including an alleged on-duty rape and two dozen counts of official misconduct and unlawful acts with computers.
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