Wichita police make arrest in child sex assault case

Corbin J. Breitenbach

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police announced on Friday that they arrested a 23-year-old suspect in a child sexual assault case. It happened early Sunday morning at a northwest Wichita apartment complex in the 1400 block of North Smith Street.

The suspect entered the home and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl causing injury. The suspect left the apartment after assaulting the girl. An adult in the house was awakened by the crying child, learned from the child what had happened, and called 911 for assistance.

Police said the man was arrested at his place of employment. He was booked into jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated sodomy, and rape of child under the age of 13. According to arrest sheets, he has been identified as Corbin J. Breitenbach. Breitenbach was released from jail back on April 28 on prior convictions of aggravated sexual battery; intentional touching and aggravated battery – bodily harm deadly weapon.

The child is doing well and is with her family.

“I’m not able to comment on a lot of details, just know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim and the victim,” said Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler, Wichita Police Department.

“I think people are going to breathe a lot easier now,” says Eric Schueler, a man who lives nearby.

“I am glad for all of the homeowners here that there has been an arrest and we will wait and see what happens,” says Schueler.

Neighbors saying they no longer have to look over their shoulders.

“I am glad, I am so glad they found him,” says Tonya Benoist.

Benoist lives next-door to where the alleged crime happened.

“It is not a relief, it is a tragedy it is horrible what happened. And I just think it is too bad, it is just horrible.” Benoist adds, “This is not the place that I moved into 16 years ago. I am angry that there is this kind of stuff that goes on here, this is not the place that I bought and it’s not this type of a neighborhood.”

Breitenbach’s address was listed to a home in Derby.

KSN went out to the neighborhood and spoke with neighbors about his arrest.

Linda Coats has lived on South Preston Trail for about two years and was surprised to hear that Breitenbach only lived about three doors down from her.

“I’m really shocked, I have my grand kids coming out here and it’s scary, you can’t just trust anybody,” said Breitenbach.

Other neighbors we spoke to say that Breitenbach had lived in the home for a few months, since being paroled in April.

“That’s real close, I mean I can see that house right over there, that guy could have walking around, looking and my kids are swimming, grand kids are swimming or something,” said Coats.

KSN also reached out to former friends of Breitenbach on Facebook.

One woman says she remembered Breitenbach as being goofy, but someone that didn’t hang around the best group of people.

She says she was surprised to see everything that has transpired with Breitenbach since she last spent time with him about five years, including his latest arrest.


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