HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A 55-year-old man jailed last week on a bond of $165,500 on some serious charges failed to get a bond reduction during a court appearance Wednesday morning.
Richard Dean McHenry is charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. Both are level one felonies.
The victim in the case says the relationship between the two started back in 2009 when she was 16, but changed over time. His demeanor toward her also changed. The victim alleges the sexual encounters occurred in December of last year and April of this year and were forced.
She says, during the last encounter, she came to his home to get some of her belongings and, during that encounter, she was kicked and then sexually assaulted.
In court, his Wichita Attorney, Trevor Riddle, asked for a bond reduction saying he has the presumption of innocence and that he has a job he can go back to if he’s released. District Attorney Keith Schroeder argued against it saying, if convicted, he would be considered a persistent sex offender, meaning he could get double the sentence. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Allen said that alone could be enough for him to flee the jurisdiction. She denied the request,
McHenry has a prior conviction for aggravated criminal sodomy for a case from 2000 out of Jefferson County and is required to register as a sex offender.
The case now moves to waiver-status docket on July 13.