JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man from Mexico who has been deported several times faces charges accusing him of raping a child in Kansas.
Tomas Martinez-Maldonado is jailed in Geary County on $100,000 bond on a charge of raping a child under the age of 14 last month while on a Greyhound bus trip on I-70.
Public defender Cole Hawver declined to comment Friday. The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Martinez-Maldonado during his first appearance Thursday.
The Kansas Bureau of Information says he was taken into custody in late September in Missouri, where authorities alerted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE said Friday that Martinez-Maldonado has been deported back to Mexico 10 times since 2010. ICE also says he’s a priority for deportation when his Kansas case is completed.
GEARY COUNTY – Law enforcement authorities in Geary County are investigating a suspect for an alleged rape.
Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 41, Marietta, Georgia, was arrested on a Geary County District Court warrant charging him with the rape of a 12-year-old girl, according to Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf.
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department contacted Geary County authorities. “A Greyhound bus had made a stop in Kansas City and there was an alleged rape that occurred on the bus, however they had no idea where this rape took place,” according to Wolf.
The KBI was called to investigate and determined the crime occurred somewhere on Interstate 70 in Geary County in late September.
Martinez-Maldonado was arrested in Kansas City and then returned to the Geary County Detention Center.
Martinez-Maldonado is allegedly an eight-time deported illegal alien, according to the sheriff.