Missing girl found in trafficking case

By Bethany Knipp

A registered sex offender was arrested in a Wichita case that involved a 16-year-old Manhattan girl.

Chivas Andre Taylor, 25, was arrested by Wichita police on human trafficking and drug charges Tuesday afternoon.

Lt. Doug Nolte of the Wichita Police Department said Taylor was staying at a motel with the girl, who ran away from her Manhattan home in September.

He said the victim made a phone call to a third party saying she was in Wichita. The girl disclosed she was involved in prostitution and selling drugs.  Nolte said the person she called alerted police, which led them to arrest Taylor.

Taylor is listed on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation website as a registered sex offender.

The offense that lead to his registration was aggravated indecent liberties with a child in 2004. The victim in that case was a 13-year-old girl, according to the listing. 

Nolte said the Manhattan girl had been in a fight with Taylor earlier Wednesday that left several bruises on her body.

The police department’s Exploited and Missing Children Unit brought in the girl. She was subsequently treated at a Wichita hospital and returned home.

Nolte said the EMC is still investigating the case, while Taylor is confined in the Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

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