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Charges filed in assault of two women

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

A series of felony charges have been filed against a 21-year-old Hays man arrested nearly two weeks ago on allegations he sexually assaulted two women in the same residence.

Leaton Robert McClelland was charged Friday on counts of rape, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated sexual battery, all felonies. The charges were filed after District Judge Preston Pratt, based in Oberlin, had the chance to review the complaint.

The case has been assigned to Pratt due to a possible conflict.

McClelland, 210 W. Sixth, a sophomore at Fort Hays State University and a lineman for the school's football team, was arrested March 11 on a probable cause affidavit.

He was arrested after Hays police were notified two women -- 17 and 20 years old -- had been sexually assaulted during the early morning hours of March 3 in a single residence. The incident took place in the 400 block of West Fifth.

In both instances, the women apparently were asleep and at least one had been drinking.

In the attempted aggravated sexual battery incident, the charge indicates the assault stopped when McClelland's cellphone rang, waking up the victim. She then stopped the assault.

A series of search warrants were executed during the investigation leading to the arrest, searches involving McClelland's residence and electronic devices.

McClelland is free on $100,000 bond.