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Ex-Lawrence police officer arrested on suspicion of rape


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former Lawrence police officer was arrested Friday on suspicion of rape and other counts after a woman said he sexually assaulted her while he was on-duty five years ago.

Jonathan Gardner, 41, of Tonganoxie, was arrested Friday morning at an intersection in Tonganoxie by Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers, the KBI said in a news release.

Gardner is being held in the Leavenworth County Jail on $50,000 bond, the release said.

Gardner was placed on leave and his employment with the Lawrence Police Department ended following an inv...

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