Jury Selected In Rape Trial Involving K-State Professor

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Opening statements are set to get underway Wednesday morning in the trial of a Kansas State University professor accused of rape.

William Yankey, an architecture professor charged in a nearly five-year-old rape case, previously pleaded not guilty to the alleged sex assault Jury selection in his trial was completed Tuesday in Riley County District Court.

Yankey was arrested at his home on Colorado Street in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture and Product Design at K-State. K-State officials could not provide details on Yankey's tenure with the university at the time of his arrest.

Police say the alleged sexual assault took place in the northwest part of Manhattan on December 8, 2007. The victim is now in her late twenties.

Officials said a warrant was issued for Yankey’s arrest but authorities did not say what new information or evidence resulted in his arrest several years after the crime, the details expected to come out in court.

Police say Yankey knew the victim. He would have been 23 at the time and the victim would have been 21.

Assistant Riley County Attorney Barry Disney would only say that the victim was an “acquaintance.”

Court documents indicate that she was “unconscious or physically powerless” during the sexual assault.

The trial continues Wednesday at the Riley County Courthouse in Manhattan.

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