Judge Upholds Arrest In Rape Allegation Among Prison Staff

TECUMSEH – District Judge Rick Schreiner has ruled that a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy had minimal, but sufficient, probable cause for the arrest of a sexual assault suspect at the Tecumseh State Prison.

Lawyers for 32-year-old Luke Anderson argued that the statement of a person previoulsy unknown to the an officer is not sufficient to make an arrest without some additional investigation.

Judge Schreiner said noted that both Anderson and the alleged victim work at the prison. He said she is “employed in a position of trust with the state.” She provided details, identified the alleged perpetrator and agreed to having her report recorded.

Prosecutors say after the arrest, the alleged victim provided computer screen shots showing communication with Anderson.

The judge also ruled that Anderson freely waived his Miranda rights after being taken to the Johnson County jail.

The allegations involve employees of the prison, but the assault is purported to have occurred at the woman’s residence.


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