A rape case filed against an Arkansas City man who was arrested April 1 has been continued until July 25.
Frank Edward “Eddie” Koontz, 46, has been in custody at the Cowley County Jail since his arrest, in lieu of $75,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City.
The criminal complaint filed against him includes one count of rape and one count of aggravated indecent liberties, both involving a 10-year-old child.
During his first appearance in court, Koontz was notified that he was to have no contact with his wife or children. Since that time, his wife has filed for divorce.
At that same appearance, Judge Jim Pringle appointed Arkansas City attorney Chad Giles to represent Koontz.
The criminal complaint filed against Koontz alleges the crime of aggravated indecent liberties took place between January 2011 and April 2015.
Rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child are “off-grid felonies,” which means they are considered more serious than other crimes.
The minimum sentence for each count would be life in prison. Depending upon his prior criminal history, Koontz faces the possibility of parole at 20 or 40 years, or life in prison without the possibility of parole, if he is found guilty.
The National Sex Offender Public Website shows that Koontz was convicted in 1995 on two different occasions for indecent solicitation of a child.
The registry also states the victims were 15 years old at the time of the crimes. Koontz was 25.
Koontz also was arrested in 2008 for failure to register as a sex offender.
All three of these cases were tried in Cowley County.