LIMA — After pleading guilty last month to a low-level felony charge after the alleged victim in his case proved to be less than cooperative with authorities, Lameka Kitchen walked out of Allen County Common Pleas Court on Thursday after receiving probation time and a stern warning from the judge.
Kitchen, 31, of Lima, was indicted by a grand jury last year on charges of rape, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. In August, he entered a plea of guilty to a Bill of Information charging him with a single count of trespassing in a habitation. The new charge simply alleged that Kitchen “by force, stealth or deception,” entered the home of a former girlfriend Aug. 27 of last year.
Judge Terri Kohlrieser, citing information that had come before the court, agreed that “there are a lot of questions surrounding the victim’s account of this, a lot of red flags.”
“Your history shows you don’t give two cents about probation, but let me make this clear: I am not going to tolerate you ignoring the orders of this court,” she said. “Don’t think for a minute that I won’t have my eye on you through the probation department.”
She sentenced Kitchen to three years on probation and ordered him to perform 40 hours of community service. She also ordered him to complete an anger management course. He was given credit for 253 days already served in jail.
Drawing attention to Kitchen’s lengthy history of criminal convictions and unsuccessful termination from previous probation and intervention programs, Kohlrieser offered Kitchen a stern warning.
According to court records, Lima police officers were dispatched 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.
Kitchen, 31, told police the sexual conduct was consensual, and the victim allowed him to enter the residence, according to court documents.
Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines said during Thursday’s sentencing hearing that the “major contributing factor” to the state’s decision to offer reduced charges in the case was “the lack of cooperation from the victim.”