Affidavit says girl’s father discovered Facebook messages, leading to latest charges against Lichtenegger

The most recent charges against former SM East student Kessler Lichtenegger were set in motion when an 11-year-old Johnson County girl’s father saw her exchanging Facebook messages with Lichtenegger in August of 2014, according to court documents released Friday. He was 17 at the time.

Kessler P. Lichtnegger's booking photo, which sent a chill down the spine of a previous victim's father.
Kessler P. Lichtenegger’s booking photo.

Lichtenegger was charged as an adult in late March, the same month he turned 18, with rape or intercourse with no consent, aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14, two counts of electronic solicitation with a child under 14 and two counts of exploitation.

An affidavit released late Friday by the court alleges that the girl told Lichtenegger she was 12, and at his request, she sent sexually explicit photographs of herself. Lichtenegger also asked her several times to meet with him. The affidavit for probable cause also alleges that Lichtenegger had contact with the girl’s older sister who had exchanged explicit photos with him between February and August 2014.

The older girl also met Lichtenegger in a Lenexa church parking lot in the summer of 2014 and engaged in “sexual relations” with him in a van he was driving, according to allegations in the document. She was 13 at the time of that encounter.

The affidavit, submitted by a Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy, says that Lichtenegger contacted a family pastor in August 2014 and told the pastor that he had been exchanging inappropriate pictures. The father’s discovery came 10 days later, according to dates in the affidavit. Investigators searched Facebook and cell phone records which revealed messages between Lichtenegger and the older girl, according to the document.

A complaint that Lichtenegger failed to register as an offender was filed in November 2014, but was dismissed by the prosecution on the same day the most recent case was filed. A motion asking for waiver to adult court on the registration violation states that Lichtenegger was adjudicated on two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of battery in April 2012.

Lichtenegger was a student at SM East until the time of his arrest earlier this month. He remains in the Johnson County jail.