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Great Bend man suspected of child sex crimes
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Austin James Levingston

A Great Bend man was arrested Thursday following an investigation into alleged child sex crimes.

Austin J. Levingston, 24, was arrested by the Great Bend Police Department. According to a GBPD news release, Austin was arrested at a local residence on a warrant for charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and lewd and lascivious behavior. Officers and detectives were notified on April 18 of an alleged incident involving a young child. 

The investigation is still ongoing and the Great Bend Police Department urges anyone with any information regarding this case to contact the GBPD, 620-793-4120