LIMA — A Lima man indicted last year on charges of rape, kidnapping and aggravated burglary will likely avoid jail time after pleading guilty Tuesday to drastically reduced charges.
Lameka Kitchen, 31, appeared before Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser on Tuesday morning and agreed to plead guilty to a Bill of Information charging him with a single count of trespassing in a habitation, a felony of the fourth degree.
In exchange for that plea, Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth Sturgill said the state would dismiss the indictment against Kitchen. An Allen County grand jury in September of last year returned charges against Kitchen that included three counts of rape, all felonies of the first degree, and aggravated burglary and kidnapping, each first-degree felonies.
Kitchen will be sentenced Sept. 19 on the reduced charge. Kohlrieser said the maximum sentence for the charge is 18 months in prison, but the judge suggested that probation or some type of similar community controls are likely when the sentence is handed down. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered by the court and Kohlrieser agreed to a continuation of the defendant’s bond.
Sturgill would not comment on the new charges in the case, referring all questions to Prosecuting Attorney Juergen Waldick.
Waldick said the reduction in charges against Kitchen was “appropriate … after additional information came to light” in the case.
The new charge simply alleges that Kitchen did, “by force, stealth or deception,” enter the home of a former girlfriend on or about Aug. 27 of last year.
According to court records, Lima police officers were dispatched on that date to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center in reference to a sexual assault. The victim, who had a prior relationship with Kitchen, told police she was asleep in her locked residence in Lima and was awakened to find Kitchen performing a sex act on her.
The victim told police she told her attacker to stop and tried to push him away, but the sexual activity continued and increased in intensity to include intercourse.
Kitchen told police the sexual conduct was consensual and that the victim had allowed him to enter the residence, according to court records.