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MANHATTAN — A 50-year-old Manhattan man accused of having sex with a minor made his first court appearance Friday.

Thomas Ray Adams appeared via video conference from his jail cell to hear the charges read by Riley County District Magistrate Judge James Kepple. Adams is charged with one count of rape of a child under the age of 14 and aggravated criminal sodomy involving a child under the age of 14. Each count carries a maximum penalty of life prison with a minimum 25 years sentence, and up to a $500,000 fine.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred between January 2017 and April 2019. Adams was arrested May 7 and remains incarcerated on a half-million dollar bond.

Adams was granted a court-appointed attorney. His next court appearance, a status hearing, is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 21.

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