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Crime & Courts

Jan 22, 2013 8:01 PM by Beth Beechie (beth@krtv.com)

Suspect in Delaware rape case appears in Great Falls court

Jonathan James Karasevich, a suspect in the rape of a child in Delaware, made his initial court appearance in Great Falls on Tuesday.

Karasevich, 24, was arrested without incident at Malmstrom Air Force Base on Friday after the Cascade County Sheriff's Office says that they were contacted by the police department in Harrington, Delaware.

The Delaware police said that Karasevich was in Great Falls, and that he was wanted for more than a dozen counts of rape involving a victim under the age of 12.

There are 16 charges of first-degree rape; one charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child; one charge of sexual solicitation of a child; and one charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

The court documents allege that the reported crimes occurred between August 2008 and December 2009.

According to the court documents, Karsevich enlisted in the Air Force after the alleged assaults took place.

During Tuesday's court appearance, Karasevich waived his right to an extradition hearing.

He was serving on active duty at Malmstrom AFB at the time of his arrest and is being held without bond in the Cascade County Detention Center.

Another hearing will be held on Wednesday to discuss his extradition.

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