Public defender arrested for rape allegedly told 15-year-old victim he knew ‘every single D.A.’
A former assistant public defender in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania will go on trial soon for having allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl in 2012.
Ken Kovaleski was charged with nine counts related to the alleged rape of a 15-year-old. According to prosecutors, Kovaleski told the girl that “I know every single [District Attorney] in this town, and every single police officer, and no one is going to believe you.”
He told the county detective who arrested him that the girl’s allegations were “crazy.”
Kovaleski had been working as a court appointed representative for parents in child custody disputes when he was charged with the crime.
“This is difficult, it’s sad, it’s certainly not something we take any pleasure in. This is an individual we had a professional relationship with. But, we don’t have the luxury of choosing which child predators we prosecute, we follow the evidence wherever it leads us,” Assistant District Attorney Mariclaire Hayes told WNEP at the time of his arrest.
After the charges against Kovaleski were reported by The Times-Tribune, a Connecticut woman came forward, alleging that Kovaleski had raped her 12 years ago, when she was 15 years old.
Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle granted a prosecution’s motion that this woman be allowed to testify at the current trial, despite there being no record of any other law enforcement agency having knowledge of this alleged crime.
Kovaleski’s attorney, Todd Henry, said that his client “is innocent of these charges,” which include felony rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and child endangerment. He currently remains free on $50,000 bail.
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