Second defendant in kidnapping and rape of a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty
With testimony from two rape victims and girls he dated as a teenager, Johnson County prosecutors on Wednesday tried to show a judge that Brady Newman-Caddell is a dangerous sexual predator.
Newman-Caddell, 23, is one of two men convicted of kidnapping and raping a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy in 2016.
He pleaded guilty in May to charges of rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated kidnapping for his role in ambushing the deputy in a parking lot outside the Johnson County Detention Center in Olathe.
Prosecutors want him to serve more time in prison than what is called for in Kansas sentencing guidelines.
After a day of testimony, District Judge Brenda Cameron took the case under advisement and will sentence Newman-Caddell on Jan. 23.
His co-defendant, William D. Luth, 26, also pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced earlier this year to 41 years in prison. Luth is not eligible for parole until 2051, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
The deputy, who was 22 and had been on the job for four months when she was assaulted in October 2016, testified Wednesday during Newman-Caddell’s sentencing hearing in Johnson County District Court.
Also testifying Wednesday was an Independence woman Luth and Newman-Caddell are accused of raping in February 2016. The Star generally does not name survivors of sexual assault.
Charges against both men are pending in that case in Jackson County Circuit Court.
On Wednesday, the deputy testified that she had just gotten out of her car and was heading to work when she was confronted by Luth, who punched her multiple times and forced her into a car that Newman-Caddell was driving.
Luth told her to cooperate, and said he didn’t want to hit her again because she had pretty eyes, the deputy recounted. Luth also said he had something cold and sharp, which the deputy assumed was a knife.
“There was no doubt in my mind I was going to be raped,” she testified.
The deputy said she didn’t fight because, “I was doing anything I could to survive at that point.”
Luth then raped and sodomized her. The men switched places, and Newman-Caddell also raped her.
At one point, she said Newman-Caddell whispered to her that he was sorry and that he would get her out of it.
Eventually the men let the deputy out of the car in Lee’s Summit and she found help.
A tip led investigators to Luth and Newman-Caddell. They were arrested several days later.
Investigators determined that, based on cellphone records and surveillance cameras, the two men may have followed the deputy as she drove to work from her home in Midtown Kansas City.
There was also testimony that the men drove around and considered attacking other women they saw.
A text message from Luth to Newman-Caddell that night read, “She’s not going to see you. I’ll knock her out.”
When questioned by police, Newman-Caddell initially denied involvement, but then said Luth threatened him.
Newman-Caddell was later linked by DNA to the crime, according to testimony.
Also testifying Wednesday, the woman raped in Independence told the court that she was asleep in bed with her 2-year-old daughter when she woke up with a hand over her mouth and saw a man standing in the bedroom door.
She screamed, but the man threatened to hurt her daughter. He raped her before telling the other man to also do it.
At that point, she grabbed her daughter and tried to run, but she was stopped and punched several times.
As the assault continued, she saw her daughter sitting up and watching.
She said she held the little girl’s hand and assured her that everything was fine.
In order to protect her daughter from the trauma of witnessing the rape, she said she decided to “play along,” in hopes that the assault would be over sooner.
Eventually the men stopped and left.
Later at a hospital, the woman said she felt grateful that she and her daughter were alive. But physically, “I felt like I had been hit by a truck,” she said.
DNA samples were taken after the rape, but a match with Newman-Caddell wasn’t made until the attack on the deputy months later.
That’s when the woman learned that Newman-Caddell lived in the same apartment building she did when she was attacked.
When questioned by Independence police, Newman-Caddell again denied involvement. But when police told him Luth was under suspicion, he said he wanted to help them.
Newman-Caddell told a detective “this happens” every time he hangs out with Luth, according to testimony.
Two young women previously involved in relationships with Newman-Caddell also testified Wednesday, both describing him as emotionally and physically abusive.
Both described incidents where he choked them so hard it left bruises on their necks.
One testified that he pointed a rifle at her and told her she would be with him or he would kill her.
Both also testified that they saw him physically abuse pet dogs.
One woman said she suspects he was drugging her when they shared an apartment, because of memory lapses she experienced during that time.
Wednesday’s hearing was held before the judge after Newman-Caddell waived his right to have a jury consider his penalty.
Prosecutors presented their case to convince the judge that Newman-Caddell committed a “crime of extreme sexual violence” and is a “predatory sex offender” who poses a risk of committing future crimes.
The state’s final witness Wednesday was psychiatrist Gregory Saathoff, who testified that Newman-Caddell fit those criteria.
Saathoff, a professor at the University of Virginia who has worked with violent criminals for years in prison and consults with the FBI, said Newman-Caddell’s history exhibited signs of what he termed “criminal versatility.”
“He can perpetrate as an individual and can partner with another in a predatory way,” Saathoff testified. “For such a young man with so many different patterns of assault, that is significant in my mind.”
Saathoof also said that he believes Newman-Caddell poses a risk to female employees at any prison facility he may be sent to.
The history and personality traits he exhibited in his crimes and alleged crimes “does not bode well for rehabilitation,” Saathoff said.