A preliminary hearing for former Inman Police Chief Michael Akins was held Friday, where retired District Judge Ronald Innes of Saline County ruled the state had met its burden of establishing probable cause for the case to move forward.
Akins is facing one count of rape, 12 counts of aggravated indecent liberties, one count of indecent solicitation of a child, two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, two counts of battery and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior. All of the victims are under the age of 14. The alleged events occurred between Dec. 2008 and Dec. 2009.

Akins was bound over for trial and remains free on bail. His arraignment has been set for  9 a.m. April 20.
State Assistant Attorney General Christine Ladner, who is handling the prosecution, said that when the case comes to trial, given the testimony given at the hearing, the state intends to ask the jury be instructed to consider multiple acts when considering the counts against Akins.
Akins is represented by McPherson attorney David Harger, who offered no evidence during the hearing.

Read more about Akins hearing in Saturday's McPherson Sentinel.