Affidavit outlines prosecutor’s case where sex crimes victims are young sisters

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OLATHE, Kan. -- An affidavit released Monday outlines the Johnson County prosecutor’s case against Kessler Lichtenegger, a former Shawnee Mission East student charged with rape and five other sex crimes. New documents reveal details of what prosecutors say he did to 11 and 13-year-old sisters.

Eighteen-year-old Lichtenegger is sitting in jail on a $250,000 bond because prosecutors say he had sex and exchanged dirty pictures with the young girls. While his family had no comment, court documents outline what prosecutors say happened between February and August of 2014.

Court documents show that while looking at his daughter's Facebook chat log, the father of the girls found messages where Lichtenegger requested that one send him sexually explicit photos, and the girl sent several photographs of herself to Lichtenegger.

Then, court documents state that Lichtenegger tried to take it further, and asked her to sneak out of her house to meet with him.

While reading the chat, court documents show that the father learned not only was Lichtenegger carrying on with one of the daughters, but both.

Lichtenegger allegedly wrote to the younger sister that he had exchanged dirty pictures and did dirty things with her sister, and that she had to do the same things.

Investigators say he meant sex. The 13-year-old told police that after exchanging sexually explicit pictures with Lichtenegger, she met him in the parking lot of a Lenexa church where the two had sex in a white van. Court documents say Lichtenegger texted the girl, “Let’s do it,” before their encounter.

Court documents went on to show that when police contacted the pastor of the church, he said that Lichtenegger confessed the inappropriate behavior.

Although he was 17 when the alleged crimes occurred, prosecutors want to charge and try him as an adult. In all, he’s charged with rape, aggravated criminal sodomy of a child less than 14 years old, two counts of electronic solicitation of a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He’s due back in court on May 8.

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