A Hays man was bound over for trial Friday afternoon on a charge of indecent liberties with a male minor.
Edward McElhaney, 53, faces the single charge of indecent liberties. A hearing to adjust his $50,000 bond was continued, and he remains in the Ellis County Jail.
The boy, who testified in Friday’s preliminary hearing, was visiting a home in March. He said he was taking a nap when he awoke to find McElhaney had reached into his shorts and grabbed his genitals. McElhaney had his other hand in his own pants pocket and told the boy if he told anyone, he would hurt him, the boy said.
The boy said he did not tell anyone what had happened for two months because he was scared.
Hays Police Department Investigator Joshua Burkholder testified he was contacted about sexual abuse in the home by patrol officers and questioned McElhaney on April 19 in the Law Enforcement Center.
McElhaney denied sexual contact with any children in the house, Burkholder said.
In the bond hearing just prior to the preliminary hearing, Stewart asked that McElhaney be placed on an own recognizance bond supervised by Community Corrections of Northwest Kansas with a GPS monitor. She said McElhaney could stay in his home with his wife. There are no children in the home at present.
Stewart told the court she has a case in Goodland in which that defendant is facing more serious charges but was placed on the OR bond with GPS.
“It’s a very effective tracking system. If he violated it, we would know,” she said.
Drees argued against the change, saying, if convicted, McElhaney faces over five years in prison, making him a flight risk.
Bittel said he wanted to hear from a Community Corrections representative, but as no one was present, ordered the hearing be rescheduled.