An Abilene man accused of multiple accounts of rape has had his first appearance in Dickinson County District Court Monday.

Eric J. Millsap, 44, was returned to Dickinson County Monday from Allegheny County, Pa., where he has been incarcerated since May.

A second amended complaint charges Millsap with 178 counts of criminal rape and sodomy, according to Dickinson County Attorney Andrea Purvis.

The initial complaint listed 179 charges, but Purvis said that was a numbering error.

Magistrate Judge Keith Collett set bond at $1.5 million cash surety and counsel was appointed, Purvis said. He is incarcerated at the Dickinson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

Millsap was fighting extradition back to Kansas from Pennsylvania where he had been living. He had requested formal extradition so Purvis’ office prepared a governor’s warrant seeking to bring him back to Dickinson County.

The warrant was hand delivered to the governor’s office in Topeka earlier this month and sent to the Pennsylvania governor’s office.

Extradition is the procedure in which a jurisdiction turns over an individual to another jurisdiction where the individual has been charged with or convicted of a crime.

All 178 counts are alleged by a single victim in Dickinson County beginning in 2006 when the alleged victim was eight years old, lasting until 2015 when the alleged victim turned 17.

The charges were filed in Dickinson County District Court on May 29, 2018.

Detectives from the Abilene Police Department traveled to McKeesport, Pa., in late May to serve an outstanding warrant against Millsap. They were assisted by members of the McKeesport Police Department.

Contact Kathy Hageman at reporter@abilene-rc.com.

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