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News: 08/01/2018

Hanna caseworker pleads no-contest in child sex assault case

On June 29, Kevin Scott Thorpe, 40, of Rohnert Park, pled no contest and was found guilty in state superior court of 11 sex offenses committed against four separate victims.

“This disposition will guarantee a lengthy prison term for this sexual predator followed by a lifetime registration as a sex offender,” said District Attorney Jill Ravitch. “We hope the resolution of this case will bring some closure to the victims.”

This case stems from an investigation that was prompted when a former student at the Hanna Boys Center disclosed sexual abuse committed by Thorpe, who had been the student’s assigned caseworker at the school. The Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation that corroborated the former student’s account and led to the discovery of additional victims. After Thorpe was charged, three adult men and one juvenile victim testified at a preliminary hearing in May 2018. During the hearing, the three adults described being victimized in their teens by Thorpe while he was their caseworker at the center. The fourth victim was called as a witness, but had difficulty discussing his interactions with Thorpe. The lead detective in the case later testified at the hearing about what that victim had previously reported. Following a three-day hearing, Thorpe was held to answer to numerous sex offenses committed against each of the victims while they were children.

After the hearing, Thorpe reached a plea agreement with the District Attorney in which he pled no contest and was found guilty of five counts of unlawful oral copulation accomplished by duress, five counts of unlawful oral copulation with a minor, and one count of annoying or molesting a child. Five of those convictions are “strikes” under California’s three strikes law. Per the terms of the plea agreement, Thorpe will be sentenced to 21 years in state prison, though he will be eligible for parole after serving 80 percent of that time. Thorpe will be required to register as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code section 290 upon his release. He will also be subject to consideration for a civil commitment as a sexually violent predator at the completion of his prison term.

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