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Excelsior Springs Man Pleads Not Guilty to Rape and Kidnapping of Woman He Allegedly Held Captive | CUR 89.3

An Excelsior Springs man pleaded not guilty Friday to a long list of charges related to the alleged beating and sexual assault of a woman he claims he held her captive in his basement for more than a month.

Timothy M. Haslett, Jr., 40, appeared briefly in the Clay County courthouse, his hands cuffed and wearing a black-and-gray striped prison uniform. On Tuesday, he was indicted on six counts of rape, sodomy and kidnapping, along with two counts of minor assault and another count of endangering a child. In all, he is charged with nine felonies.

Haslett is held on a $3 million bond.

The 22-year-old woman, identified in court documents by her initials, told authorities Haslett picked her up on Prospect Avenue in September and held her captive in the basement of her home for more than a month. She says she ran away when Haslett took her son to school and ran to a nearby house.

The woman told police she was handcuffed at her wrists and ankles and that Haslett allegedly beat and raped her frequently. The child endangerment charge listed in the indictment accuses Haslett of leaving an unprotected firearm near a child.

The indictment released Tuesday adds several new charges against Haslett, who was first charged in connection with the kidnapping last year, and lists 102 witnesses, including members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Other witnesses are from Kansas City, Illinois and Florida.

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