Teen Will Be Tried As An Adult In Sexual Battery Of Disabled Boy

VALPARAISO, Ind. (STMW) — The eldest of the two girls who held a Valparaiso, Ind., boy against his will and sexually battered him will be tried as an adult.

The Porter County (Ind.) Prosecutor’s office filed four felony charges and one misdemeanor Monday against April L. Kuchta, 16, of Valparaiso.

The highest level felony, Class A criminal deviate conduct, carries a sentence of between 20 and 50 years.

Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel wouldn’t comment directly on the case. He did explain in an e-mail the process of waiving a juvenile to adult court.

“Several factors are considered, including the age of the perpetrator, the serious nature of the charges and prior history of delinquency. There are also certain serious offenses that the legislature has determined to be ‘direct file’ offenses. This means that the juvenile courts do not have jurisdiction over them and the charges are filed directly in adult court. Criminal deviate conduct as a Class A Felony is one such ‘direct file’ charge,” Gensel wrote.

The other felony charges against Kuchta are criminal confinement, sexual battery and intimidation. The Class A misdemeanor is battery.

Gensel didn’t say why the other girl, a 14-year-old, was not waived to adult court from juvenile court, but she is charged with Class B felony confinement and Class C felony intimidation, as well as Class A misdemeanor battery.

The 14-year-old’s criminal history includes three Class D felonies: auto theft from Feb. 26, theft from Feb. 25 and escape from April 3, when she removed an ankle monitoring device.

The history also includes misdemeanors.

The incidents began about 8 p.m. April 9, court documents state, when Kuchta and the other girl repeatedly texted a developmentally disabled 17-year-old to come to Kuchta’s residence, according to court records. When the boy relented, they held him at knifepoint and handcuffed him, poking him repeatedly with the knife.

He told police they recorded him on a cellphone doing and saying things against his will and Kuchta touched him sexually.

After leaving him handcuffed and covered with a blanket for two hours, the girls allegedly invited others over to witness the incident.

The others twice freed him, but Kuchta allegedly threatened him with the knife to get back into handcuffs and someone bit his arm.

Kuchta told police they were messing around, according to court records.

She is being held in Porter County Jail without bond.

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  • thor

    Here is a great sentance for the Them
    make them take care of him for the rest of their lives, clean up after him, Help him
    do what ever he can;t do for himself- come to think of it make the girls parents do this along with their animal daughters


    I think it’s about time that crimes against men are starting to get the attention that has only been afforded women previously.I am further glad that the punishment will perhaps fit the crime.The unfortunate thing here is that it is still perceived that a man cannot be raped by a woman,otherwise we may have seen other charges lvied here. Bravo to Brian ensel and the porter county DA’S office1

  • jmcampbell

    henous crimes like this against anyone should be deaalt with in a very serious manner every time all the time…I makes me sooo sick when a human being can do such a horrible thing to another person….God will not let their sins go unpunished if not here then there will be a judgement day and it won’t be as leniet as the courts can be…There is nno justice for the victum it is always for the predator

  • Timothy McGrath

    let them ROT in prison for 50 years, or she can always go out to AZ and spend time with Sheriff Joe in his tent city

  • Tammy

    This girl lives in my neighborhood and deserves everything that is coming to her. The newspaper doesn’t tell us everything, of course. From what I know, April stuck bottles and other objects up this boys anus, stabbed him repeatedly, videotaped the whole thing, and called her friends over to watch.
    This young man has to go back to school with every student looking at him differently. This is not something that should happen to anyone.
    I feel so bad for him and I hope he will one day recover.

  • Robert Markham

    Sadly this sick and twisted girl will most likely cut a plea deal and get off with a fine and community service, with mandatory counseling of course. Consider what the outcome would be if a 16 yr old boys did this to a mentally challenged girl, the lynch mobs would be out in full force. Let’s hope that she gets at least 10 years in prison, but I’m not going to hold my breath. This sicko will get off easy because of her gender. So much for equality eh folks?

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