Man says wife's bingo led him to molest girls

Pa. defendant faces prison

December 03, 2006|By Tyra Braden | Tyra Braden,The Morning Call

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A former Wind Gap, Pa., man said he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young girls because his wife spent too much time playing bingo.

"I told her - she was going to bingo three, four times a week. I told her to cut down to once a week. She said if they had bingo every day, she'd go," Floyd Kinney Jr., 49, said.

"So, because your wife went to bingo, these children suffered?" Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden asked Kinney on Friday.

"Yes," Kinney said.

Kinney pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated indecent assault. Rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and numerous other related counts were dropped. McFadden set sentencing for March 1 and ordered that Kinney have a sexual offender evaluation and a pre-sentence investigation. She said Kinney faces a maximum of 20 years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Patricia C. Broscius said the plea deal was struck after discussions with numerous people, including a psychiatrist who has been involved in treatment of the girls. A decision was made that the victims would benefit if the case were resolved without a trial.

McFadden asked Kinney if he had been molested as a child. "No," Kinney said. The judge said Kinney had been examined to determine if he was competent to face the charges. His attorney, Richard Yetter of Easton, said Kinney had been deemed competent.

"You understand what we're doing here today, Mr. Kinney?" the judge asked.

"Yes," Kinney said.

"Do you understand this is wrong, what you did?"

"Yeah," Kinney said. He then explained he had acted as he did because of his wife's bingo habit, telling the judge his wife had complained, "Oh, you can't give me money," and he agreed, saying she spent too much on bingo. Because of the bingo playing, Kinney said, his wife "was never home," so he began molesting children as a way to lash out at her.

"Some people, when their wives aren't home, decide to clean the living room," the judge said.

Yetter said Kinney wasn't able to articulate his thoughts clearly.

"I think he is," McFadden said. "I think he's telling me exactly" why he molested children. "His wife was not home. He decided to perpetrate on someone."

The judge said Kinney's behavior was "despicable," adding that she was trying "to be as kind as I can be without completely losing my temper."

According to court records, Kinney molested one girl in Bethlehem over a five-year period beginning in 1992, when the girl was 12. The other girl, a 15-year-old, reported she was abused in Bethlehem in last year and this year. Kinney, who was living in Wind Gap, was arrested early this year and remains in the county prison.

Tyra Braden writes for The Morning Call.

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