A Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper based out of Rush County has been charged with eight felonies in connection with sexual contact with children between the ages of 14 and 16.
Thirty-nine year old Domingo Cardenas was charged with eight felonies, including rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and six felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties. The charges are in connection with alleged incidents that occurred last year, and there were also charges related to incidents that were alleged to have happened in 2008 and 2009.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Cardenas was placed on a leave of absence while they conducted an internal investigation of the incidents that led to charges being filed in Rush County District Court. According to the charges, the rape charge against Cardenas allegedly occurred between December 1st and the 20th of last year. While the criminal sodomy charge, involving the same girl, happened between October 1st and November 30th also of last year.
Cardenas was also charged with six counts of aggravated indecent liberties, involving two girls between the ages of 14 and 16. The Kansas Attorney General’s office will handle the prosecution.