MARION, Kan. – People in Marion County, one hour north of Wichita, say they are stunned by the rape of a 13-year-old girl over the weekend.
It happened in a rural part of the county at 7:30 in the morning.
Sheriff’s officers arrested two suspects, ages 19 and 21. KSN is not naming the suspects to protect the identity of the victim.
Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft sys they have a strong case against the two suspects.
He says the two suspects in this alleged rape of the girl are in the jail and have been charged here in Marion county court with rape and child endangerment.
Meanwhile, residents say they are stunned and concerned at the young age of the victim. Some parents also say they are concerned that at least one of the suspects may have been using meth at the time of the crime.”
“They’re both very serious,” said Sheriff Craft. “They’re both felony charges and they would both carry substantial prison time if the court sees fit for that.”
Sheriff Craft says in the charging documents two adult males were riding around in a car with the young girl when the rape happened.
And there was drug use, specifically meth, at the time the alleged rape happened.
In fact, the sheriff says one or both of the suspects may have been using the drug methamphetamine at the time.
Now parents in Marion County say everyone is talking about the alleged crime.
One of those parents is Shelly Schale.
“Yes and no. You hope that you wouldn’t see it here, this small of a community.
Shelly Schale says she has her own 13-year-old daughter, and a 16-year-old, and says since it happened, parents are talking about their kids and how to keep them safe.
“This has made me think twice about checking with my girls to make sure they are where they need to be and see who they are hanging out with because this is scary,” said Schale. “Could have been my child.
Shelley says she’s seen problems with meth and other drugs in her neighborhood… And says she wants parents to be on the lookout.
The sheriff says they are dealing with drugs, fighting that fight.
But, he reiterates parents can help with the drug issues in any Kansas county.
“They can get wrapped up in it easily and it can spiral out of control pretty quickly.” Said Craft.
The sheriff says there could be more charges on the way because the incident documents claim there was meth use by at least one of the suspects at the time of the rape.