Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson says there are exceptions to the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A woman filed a rape report in Riley County, alleging she had been raped in 2007.
Police say the woman, who is now 26 years old, filed the report Thursday, saying the incident happened five years ago in the northeastern part of Manhattan. The perpetrator was known to the woman, officials say, but there was no indication why the woman waited roughly five years to file the report.
Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson said there are a variety of reasons why a victim may choose to remain silent for so long. Wilkerson cited a case in Manhattan where a minor was kept from reporting an incident by her guardian.
The case could still fall under Kansas' five-year statute of limitations for sexual assualt.
"[From] 2007, it would have been five years on the sexual assault case," Wilkerson said. "However [...] there are exceptions to the five-year statute of limitations, depending upon whether the suspect is out of state. There is a number of exceptions to that five year statute of limitations."
No further details have been released at this time.