A 15-year-old Valparaiso girl who admitted participating in the sexual
battery of a special-needs boy in April has been ordered confined to a
juvenile correctional facility.
Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper adopted the recommendation of
Juvenile Court Magistrate Edward Nemeth, who found that the girl—14 at the
time of the incident—should serve an undetermined period of time “in any
correctional facility for children” maintained by the Indiana Department of
initially pleaded guilty to delinquency charges of criminal confinement, a
Class B felony when committed by an adult and punishable by a term of six to
20 years; and to battery, a Class misdemeanor when committed by an adult and
punishable by up to a year in jail.
subsequently attempted to withdraw her plea but Nemeth rejected the motion.
In his order on
Monday Nemeth noted the following:
•The girl has a
prior history of juvenile adjudications: auto theft; resisting law
enforcement; and criminal conversion.
•While on formal
supervised probation, the girl “continued to leave the home of the guardians
without permission and commit new offenses.”
•She “has run
from her home at least five times in the past six months,” “has placed
herself in dangerous situations,” and “has cut off the ankle monitor within
two to three weeks of its placement.”
•The girl “has
been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and has refused to take
the prescribed medications while in the Porter County Juvenile Detention
finds that continuation in the home is contrary to the welfare of the child
and placement is in the juvenile’s best interests because numerous and
reasonable services have been offered to this family to prevent placement of
the juvenile. These services have been unsuccessful and a secure facility is
needed to protect her and the community.”
Charged as an
adult in the incident was April Lynn Kuchta, 16, of 353 Roseland Terrace in
Valparaiso. She has been charged with criminal deviate conduct, criminal
confinement, intimidation, sexual battery, and battery. The most serious
charge, criminal deviate conduct, is a Class A felony punishable by a term
of 20 to 50 years.
Valparaiso Police, on Saturday, April 9, Kuchta and the girl lured a
17-year-old boy to a residence in the 300 block of Roseland Terrace, where
they threatened him with a knife, handcuffed him, and then sexually battered
eventually succeeded in leaving the residence, returned home, and reported
the incident to the VPD, police said.