Authorities arrest suspect for child rape in Valley Center

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VALLEY CENTER, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 37-year-old man has been arrested for the alleged rape of a child in Valley Center.

Jail records show Steven Thomas Walters was booked early Saturday morning for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and rape of a child under the age of 14. 

Officers from several law enforcement agencies responded to a home in northwest Valley Center on Friday. The suspect was believed to be hiding in a cornfield during a search Friday afternoon.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says Walters was arrested at 501 North Sheridan, the address of West Elementary School.

Walters remains jailed on $500,000 bond. Kansas Department of Corrections records show he has prior convictions of forgery, criminal restraint and aggravated battery. He was discharged from Community Corrections in March of 2017. 


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Authorities are searching for a suspect involved in a possible sexual assault in Valley Center.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Officers responded to a call at a home in northwest Valley Center. Sedgwick County dispatch says the incident is being investigated as a rape case, but authorities on scene are only describing it as a "felony crime."

The suspect has been described as a man in his "upper 30s" and is believed to be hiding in a cornfield just south of the home. 

Law officers with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and Wichita Police Department responded to the scene. Authorities have a helicopter and drones in the air and K-9 units on the ground as the search continues.

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