Man accused in child sex case could be in court today

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: Corbin Breitenbach could make his first appearance in court today. Eyewitness News is following the case, watch for updates as we get them.
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UPDATE: Wichita Police made an arrest in the case of a seven-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by an intruder over the weekend.

Police say a 23-year-old man was arrested Thursday at a car wash near 2nd Street and Seneca where he works. Staff says he only worked there for a couple of weeks.

Eyewitness News has confirmed through booking records that the man is 23-year-old Corbin James Breitenbach.

He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Sodomy, Aggravated Kidnapping, Burglary to Commit a Felony, and Rape.

Neighbors say they can now breathe a sigh of relief learning about the arrest.

"I'm extremely glad they caught him," said neighbor Tonia Benoist. "I'm kind of relieved in a sense, but this is not the place I moved into sixteen years ago."

Police say the girl is out of the hospital and improving.

"I just pray for her and her family, and I hope they get counseling for her from the get go because this is going to be something she's going to have to deal with for the rest of her life," said Benoist.

Breitenbach's girlfriend lives in the apartment complex where the incident happened. She says she just started dating him two months ago but knew he was a registered sex offender.

Breitenbach was paroled April 28, 2017. A check of the KBI's offender registry shows he was convicted of aggravated sexual battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2013.

The KBI says the 22-year-old victim in those crimes was physically powerless. Court records show he strangled and sexually assaulted her in 2012.

Though he was in Lansing Correctional Facility for only four years, state records show he was far from the model inmate. A list of disciplinary reports show he caused issues while in prison 32 times.

Breitenbach had to register as a sex offender after his 2012 crimes and the KBI shows up until this point he was compliant. He was supposed to be on the sex offender list for 25 years.

His Facebook shows he graduated from Rose Hill High School in 2012, committing his past crimes just a month after graduation.

It's been less than two months since he was incarcerated and now, he's back in jail.

Wichita police are expected to present this case to the Sedgwick County District Attorney next week.
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UPDATE:
Neighbors say an arrest has been made in the case of a seven-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by an intruder over the weekend.

Wichita police have not confirmed the arrest, but booking sheets from the Sedgwick County Jail show a man was booked into jail on several charges, including attempted first-degree murder, rape, kidnapping, burglary to commit a felony and other crimes.

People who live near the apartment where police say the assault happened tell us officers were at the home until late in the evening last night. They were told that an arrest has been made.

A police spokesperson would not confirm the arrest, but did say they would provide an update during their daily media briefing at 10:00 a.m. - watch that briefing live here at www.kwch.com.
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Neighbors in west Wichita say they have been on the lookout after a young girl was sexually assaulted. Officers are still asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible.

We only have a vague description of the suspect: clean shaven, white male, last seen wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt.

People who live close to where the assault happened about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in an apartment in the 1400 block of North Smith Court (near I-235 and Zoo Blvd.) say there are a lot of children in the neighborhood and they are worried.

"That's what makes it scary, because nobody knows who it is," neighbor Melanie Ossman said as the man responsible for the seven-year-old girl's assault has not been arrested, nor identified.

Katie Sowell who lives behind the scene says she has been "more paranoid than normal" over the past few nights.

Sowell has children of her own and says what happened early Sunday could have happened to her family, or any one of the families in the neighborhood.

Sowell's neighbor, Gene Mudd didn't realize he lived so close to where police say the assault happened. He has 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren he worries about.

"Have to make sure the the doors are locked, cars are locked and garage doors and everything is locked because you got to be careful," Mudd says.

Melanie Ossman, who lives three blocks over, says she too takes caution and says she worries the vague description of the suspect could be someone she's seen before, or worse, possibly a neighbor or friend.

"Whether it's someone in the neighborhood that we may actually know and see, worried about the little girl," Ossman says.

As neighbors and others in the community are concerned, we wanted to know what goes into an investigation like this, especially one involving a child.

Our personal protection expert has decades of experience in law enforcement and says most violent crimes are investigated the same.

But he says anytime a child is involved, it brings a whole other element to the case.

"I can assure the public that anything and everything that can be done for this child, this family is being done," personal protection expert Joe Schilacci says.

Based on his own experience in law enforcement, Schillaci says investigators are likely working day and night, tracking down whoever sexually assaulted the girl Sunday.

He says having the child involved brings a certain level of intensity to the case.

"Because it's a defenseless child," he says. "Plus, you know that this individual who did this is still out there."

In his experience, Schillaci says that when it comes to violence acts against children, for the most part, they are not random.

He says the fact that the apartment complex is somewhat isolated also leads him to believe this was not a random act. But police have not said one way or another if it was random.

"I can assure that there's been very little sleep by these investigators and by the police department that's handling this incident," Schillaci says. "I can assure you of that."