Juan Perez-Chavez, 45, of Arkansas City, made his first appearance June 2 in Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City following a May 11 arrest on rape charges.

A preliminary setting hearing was scheduled for June 8. Perez-Chavez remains in the Cowley County Jail without bond.

The criminal complaint filed against him includes three charges.

The first charge is rape. The complaint states the alleged crime was committed against a child younger than 14.

The victim listed in this count was 10 at the time the crime allegedly was committed.

Rape and aggravated criminal sodomy are “off-grid felonies,” which means they are considered more serious than other crimes.

The minimum sentence for this count, if Perez-Chavez were to be found guilty, would be life in prison.

Depending upon his prior criminal history, Perez-Chavez could face options of possible parole at 20 or 40 years, or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The same is true of count two, which also is rape.

The complaint lists the second victim as a child younger than 14, but that child was only 8 at the time the alleged crime was committed.

The third count, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, concerns a third victim who was 10 at the time the alleged crime was committed.

If found guilty of this charge, Perez-Chavez could be sentenced to 25 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000 and a lifetime post-release supervision period.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *