Crime & Courts

Michelle’s Beach House owner charged with felony

Michelle Borin (center) and Leonard Devuono, left, in 2005 following the auction of Dennis Rader’s house.
Michelle Borin (center) and Leonard Devuono, left, in 2005 following the auction of Dennis Rader’s house. The Wichita Eagle

Correction: The ex-husband’s name is Leonard A. Devuono. His name was misspelled in a previous version of this story.

The long-time owner of Michelle’s Beach House has been charged with a felony – obstructing apprehension or prosecution – and misdemeanor battery.

The court document spelling out the charges says that Michelle Borin, who is listed in state records as resident agent of Michelle’s Beach House, was charged on March 30. She had a $10,000 appearance bond, court records show. Her preliminary hearing, to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to hold a trial, is set for June 11 in Sedgwick County District Court.

Borin, 54, is known from her commercials for Michelle’s Beach House, an exotic dance club in Derby, and through her effort in 2005 to acquire the Park City house owned by BTK serial killer Dennis Rader.

Borin said Tuesday she couldn’t comment without talking to her attorney, who couldn’t be reached.

The obstruction charge against Borin alleges that around March 16, she “did … unlawfully and knowingly aid” Leonard A. Devuono, her ex-husband.

Devuono was convicted of attempted aggravated indecent liberties in 2006 after originally being charged with rape. Devuono pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated indecent liberties in December 2006, district attorney’s spokesman Dan Dillon said Monday. He received probation, but was taken into custody by immigration officials before he could serve his probation in Sedgwick County, said Mark Masterson, director of the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections. Court records indicate he was deported.

In May 2006, a Sedgwick County judge granted Borin a divorce from Devuono, court records show.

The misdemeanor battery charge accuses Borin of having physical contact with a person, identified in court documents only by initials, “in a rude, insulting or angry manner,” around March 16, the same date listed for the felony charge.

Around the same time that prosecutors filed the charges against Borin, a woman filed a petition for protection from stalking order against Borin, writing that Borin came into her Wichita workplace on March 16, “asked for me directly and put her hands on my shoulder & said ‘calm down, relax.’ Then she told me that her husband Devo who raped me in 2005 … was getting out of prison on the 23rd and coming home to be with the family. Then she said she knows I have a daughter & wanted to know if I would reopen the case in 2006 & set him free.”

The accuser added: “Michelle & her husband make me feel scared to even live my daily life.”

In the stalking allegation against Borin, a judge issued a temporary order on March 26 directing that Borin have no contact with the woman’s child or family. The stalking case was dismissed on May 14, court documents show.

Meanwhile, Devuono’s 2006 case in Sedgwick County remained open due to the unserved probation sentence.

In a letter filed in court in June 2014, Devuono wrote to a Sedgwick County judge saying he was serving a four-year sentence at a federal prison in South Carolina for illegal re-entry into the United States from Canada. He said his release date from federal prison was March 2015 and asked that Sedgwick County give him credit for time served in federal prison.

In April, Devuono was transferred from federal prison to the Sedgwick County Jail because of a warrant bringing him back to Sedgwick County to answer for the attempted aggravated indecent liberties case, Masterson said. His probation was revoked because he violated it by being deported, Masterson said. Devuono has been sent to a state prison for violating his probation. He is being held at Hutchinson Correctional Facility and is scheduled to be released on Nov. 29, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Michelle Borin-Devuono is listed as the process agent on the liquor license for Michelle’s Beach House, said Jeannine Koranda, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Revenue. A person would have to be convicted of a felony to be disqualified as a process agent or license holder of a business selling alcohol, Koranda said.

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