Girhing pleads “not guilty” to charges of rape, sodomy of students

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Jared Gihring, junior in open option, pled “not guilty” to three level-one felonies Tuesday morning, appearing in person with his attorney at the Riley County District Court.

The charges include aggravated criminal sodomy and rape.

Gihring was a student at K-State when the alleged rapes occurred. It has not been confirmed whether or not he is still enrolled.

District Judge Grant Bannister summarized the charges to the defendant after Gihring waived his right to a formal arraignment. In the reading, Bannister provided dates and the initials of victims affiliated with each count.

If found guilty, Gihring faces between 12 and 54 years in prison for each, based on Kansas sentencing guidelines.

A number of dates were set Tuesday as well. Gihring’s trial is scheduled to start in the final week of May. Motions in the case are due Feb. 28. Any motions filed will be discussed at hearings scheduled for March 17.

Multiple K-State students have filed ongoing Title IX civil lawsuits against the university for allegedly failing to investigate reports of the rapes.

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Shelton Burch
Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.