State slams the door on sex offender Ky. doctor sought therapy at Hopkins

October 31, 1991|By John Rivera

A Kentucky physician who was ordered to get out of town as a condition of probation for sex offenses is about to receive the boot from Maryland, where he was seeking psychiatric treatment.

Maryland correctional officials blamed budget cutbacks and the lack of personnel for supervision in announcing their intention to block the efforts of Dr. Fred Rainey to live in the Baltimore area and obtain treatment at the Johns Hopkins sexual disorders clinic.

Rainey, 61, arrived in Maryland last week and is living in Owings Mills, said a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Leonard S. Sipes Jr., who announced the state's decision to reject the sex offender.

An earlier attempt by Rainey to relocate to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., a town just south of Daytona Beach, was rejected by that state's Department of Corrections in August after angry public reaction that included a march by 250 parents and children on the city hall.

Under the provisions of an interstate agreement, Kentucky may allow a person under probation to travel to another state and Maryland must consider the person's request to reside here. But the corrections department said yesterday that due to budget cuts, it does not have the personnel to supervise him.

Mr. Sipes said Rainey's criminal background also concerned corrections authorities, and the inability to properly supervise him was considered a threat to public safety.

Rainey pleaded guilty in July 1990, to 50 counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse committed over a period of 31 years and involving seven juveniles -- five of them his patients. According to news reports, the charges against Rainey stemmed from the rape of a baby sitter in his home in 1959, the attempted rape of another baby sitter in 1983 and homosexual activity with teen-age boys in the 1980s.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but released after seven months on "shock" probation, an early release given to first offenders whose brief stay in jail will prevent them from further criminal activity.

As a condition of probation, he was required to move away from Hardin County, Ky., where he had been a prominent family physician in the town of Elizabethtown, 45 miles south of Louisville.

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