Kansas sex offender accused of raping teen talent show contestant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man who served 20 years in prison for raping a high school student in Johnson County, Kan., is accused of repeatedly raping a 14-year-old singer he accompanied to Tennessee for a talent show as her manager.

According to the Nashville Police Department, Robert Lile, 55, of Topeka, Kan., traveled to Nashville Saturday, Jan. 12 with the girl so she could perform.

In a statement announcing his arrest, police in Nashville allege Lile, a convicted sex offender, pulled a knife on the girl at the hotel in which they were staying Saturday night, threatened to kill her and raped her over a period of hours.

The molestation continued Sunday morning, according to police, when Lile ordered the victim into his car and continued to victimize her as he drove around Nashville and surrounding areas.

The statement from police says Lile eventually returned to the hotel, packed his belongings and left the girl behind at about noon Sunday.

Lile met the victim in July 2012 when he was a judge in a talent show in Kansas, according to police.

An investigation by the Nashville Police Department led authorities to Bates County, Mo., near the Kansas state line, where Lile was found Monday staying with a relative.

Lile, who faces five Nashville arrest warrants on charges connected to the above allegations, waived extradition in front of a Missouri judge Monday and was expected back in Tennessee later in the week.

He has a 1983 conviction in Johnson County,  Kan., for aggravated kidnapping, rape and aggravated sodomy involving a high school girl. According to Kansas court records, he was released in 2003 and was on parole until 2006.

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