By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Leader & Times
Two men were arrested in June on non-related crimes, which included the alleged rape of a child and alleged attempted first-degree murder.
Felipe Tovar, 50, of Liberal was arrested June 5 for charges related to sexual abuse of a child under 14, according to Seward County Attorney Don Scott.
“He’s been charged with five (counts of) rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child,” Scott said, confirming the victim was under 14.
Tovar had his first appearance in court June 5 and had a scheduling hearing set for June 9, which was continued to 8:30 a.m. July 7, according to Scott.
“His bond was set at $250,000,” Scott said, adding Tovar is still in jail at this time.
Nine days later, on June 14, Matthew Gardiner, 45, also of Liberal, was arrested for attempted first-degree murder, according to jail logs provided by the Seward County Sheriff’s office.
However, Scott’s office did not charge Gardiner with that specific crime.
“He’s charged with aggravated battery in the alternative, criminal restraint and domestic battery,” Scott said. “His bond was also set at $250,000.”
Gardiner’s victim was a female, according to Scott.
“It was a family member because it was domestic battery,” he said.
Gardiner had his first appearance on June 15 with a scheduling hearing on June 27, which was continued to 9:30 a.m. July 7, according to Scott.
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