Former Lindsborg school counselor convicted on two counts of rape
06/09/2014 4:36 PM
06/09/2014 4:38 PM
After about three hours of deliberation, jurors convicted former Smoky Valley Middle School counselor Brooke Dinkel of two counts of rape Monday.
Jurors found Dinkel, 33, not guilty of eight additional counts of rape and 10 counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. Judge Patrick Thompson scheduled sentencing for Aug. 11 in Saline County District Court.
Following the conviction, Thompson revoked Dinkel’s bond on a motion from the state. According to evidence presented during her week-long trial, Dinkel had violated a court order prohibiting her from having contact with the boy she was accused of raping.
Prosecutor Christina Trocheck, an assistant county attorney, said Dinkel faces a possible life sentence on the rape counts.
According to testimony during the trial, the boy was 13 years old when he and Dinkel first had sex. The two met at the middle school in Lindsborg where Dinkel worked.
Teachers, family members and friends testified about evidence of inappropriate contact between the two.
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