Feb 13, 2020 12:00 AM

Police: Kansas felon accused of violent attack on woman

Posted Feb 13, 2020 12:00 AM
Peete photo Sedgwick County
Peete photo Sedgwick County

SEDGWICK COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating an alleged aggravated assault and have a suspect in custody.

Just before 7:30 p.m. February 7, police responded to a domestic violence disturbance at a residence in the 1400 block of N. Hillside in Wichita, according to officer Charley Davidson. 

A 22-year-old woman at the residence reported being strangled with an object by a suspect identified as 38-year-old Anthony Peete to the point of unconsciousness.

Through the investigation, officers found the victim’s injuries to be consistent with her being strangled.

Police arrested Peete on the scene and EMS transported the woman to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries, according to Davidson.

Additionally, Peete has previously been arrested and convicted on charges that include aggravated assault, forgery, and identity theft, according to Davidson.

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Feb 13, 2020 12:00 AM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.