Kidnapping, rape suspect remains in jail

MENOMINEE — A Wallace man remains lodged in Menominee County Jail without bond on charges of kidnapping and rape dating back to an alleged incident more than a year ago.

Kevin Michael Ihander, 43, of N6278 U.S. 41, Wallace, was charged last year with one count of kidnapping and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct committed during a felony. Kidnapping and rape each carry maximum sentences of life in prison.

The three felony charges stem from a July 28, 2016, incident at Ihander’s residence involving a female victim from Wisconsin who was in a dating relationship with Ihander, according to Det. Sgt. Jeff Brunelle of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, the investigating agency.

Four days after the alleged incident occurred, the victim, now 28 years old, reported to law enforcement that she was threatened not to leave the home and was sexually assaulted by Ihander, said Brunelle.

Following a lengthy investigation, Ihander was arrested and lodged in jail on Dec. 9, 2016.

After his arraignment in district court, he posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail.

The kidnapping and two rape counts were bound over from district court to circuit court last February.

When Ihander failed to show up for a scheduled hearing in circuit court, his bond was cancelled and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He turned himself in to police on March 20 and was charged with contempt of court.

Since then, he has had pretrial conference hearings which have been continued due to various issues including appointment of a new defense attorney in June.

An Sept. 6 pretrial hearing was continued to Jan. 9, 2018, due to the presiding judge, Circuit Court Judge Richard Celello, retiring at the end of this year.