Former city resident indicted on 1975 rape charge

On November 13, 2018, Venkata Yeleti, a 76-year-old Temple, Texas resident, was arrested at his home as a result of grand jury indictments obtained in Winchester Circuit Court the same date for two counts of rape.

The incidents, which occurred at Yeleti’s former home on Taft Circle in Winchester between 1975 and 1977, were reported to Winchester Police on September 14, 2018. The 53-year-old female victim is the daughter of Yeleti and currently resides in Manhattan, Kansas. She was encouraged to report the incidents to law enforcement after disclosing it to family members.

Yeleti is being held without bond in Texas awaiting extradition. The Winchester Police Department and Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney rarely encounter cases that are reported decades later. We are pleased to be able to provide services and support for the victim despite the distance and years that have passed since the alleged incident.