HOMELESS MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IN MARION CHILD RAPE CASE
January 23, 2019
A 29-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after admitting to raping a 12-year-old, his second sex offense with a child. Justin M. Kimble, who said he was homeless at the time of arrest, pleaded guilty to one count of rape, a first-degree felony, Tuesday in Marion County Common Pleas Court. The charge carried with it a mandatory term of life imprisonment, with the possibility of parole after 10 years, to which Marion County Judge Warren Tom Edwards sentenced Kimble Tuesday.
At Tuesday's plea hearing, Kimble admitted to having a 12-year-old perform a sex act on him. Marion County Prosecutor Ray Grogan said there was no DNA evidence in the case but that Kimble admitted to the act before taking a polygraph test. At an earlier hearing, Kimble was found competent to stand trial, a question that his defense attorney had raised. The rape was reported to law enforcement after the 12-year-old told a relative about it, Grogan said. Marion police officers began investigating the incident on July 8, according to court records. Kimble did not give an apology or a statement before the court.
Neither the victim nor the victim's family was in the courtroom. Two Marion police officers who investigate sex crimes were at the hearing.
Kimble had been convicted of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, in a 2011 case out of Crawford County, according to the judgment entry. In that case, Kimble, 21 years old at the time, was accused of having sexual contact with a 3-year-old, according to the indictment. He was sentenced to four years in prison in that case by then-Crawford County Judge Russell Wiseman, according to the judgment. Chris Burchinal, the attorney representing Kimble, said Kimble's family had tried to keep a close eye on him and had wanted to put him in a treatment facility. If Kimble is ever released from prison, he would be required to register as a sex offender for life.