Sunday, August 05, 2007

Psych says Dinkel unlikely to rape again. Wants "home incarceration"

COVINGTON - A judge weighing whether to lock up child rapist Jeni Lee Dinkel has been given a court-ordered report that concludes the mother of two isn't likely to sexually exploit additional boys.

The report is sealed, but details of its findings were released by Dinkel's attorneys in a last-minute plea for mercy from the court.

Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett will announce Tuesday whether he will follow the prosecutor's recommendation of probation or send the 51-year-old Hollywood makeup artist to prison for up to five years.

Dinkel's co-counsel, Robert Lotz, proposed a compromise. If Bartlett isn't comfortable with just probation, "home incarceration with electronic monitoring is sufficiently punitive," Lotz writes.
Home incarceration would mean Dinkel could continue to take care of her 16-year-old son, Alex, who receives chemotherapy every two weeks to treat cancer.

"The medical report previously submitted emphasizes the crucial need of Alex for emotional support from his mother while he battles his disease and the effect of his treatment," Lotz wrote in a court filing. He stated Alex would lose his health insurance if his father, former Bengal Tom Dinkel, were forced to quit his job to take care of his son.

In defending his position that Dinkel isn't likely to re-offend, the court-appointed evaluator said none of the 97 women Kentucky convicted of a sex crime between 1995 and 2000 has re-offended.

The lawyer for victim, who was 15 when raped, said she trusts Bartlett to make the right decision.

"We are going to leave this decision up to Judge Bartlett," Rene Heinrich said. "We certainly wish Alex the best."

This from the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Pikeville police say woman pimped teen to pay bills

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An eastern Kentucky man and woman have been charged in the rape of a 15-year-old who was allegedly sold for sexual favors, police said.

The woman, Angela Michelle Kendrick, 33, allegedly used the money to pay her bills, police said.
Kendrick, of Pikeville, pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of complicity to commit third-degree rape. She was arrested by Pike County Sheriff's deputies along with William Bennett Justice, of Raccoon, who was charged with third-degree rape. Justice also pleaded not guilty.

A police citation said Kendrick was letting Justice, 36, pay her bills in exchange for access to the teen.

Roger Varney, an assistant county attorney, said Justice raped the teenager more than 20 times.

Kendrick's attorney, Darrell Sammons, said: "The picture that is painted by the charges is not what we believe the facts of this case will bear out."

Both Kendrick and Justice were released on bond Friday afternoon.
This from WAVE TV.

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