A Converse County man has been charged with one count of assault for beating his former, pregnant girlfriend four years ago and causing her to abort their child.
Timothey J. Kindle,23, has been charged with periodically punching his then 17-year-old girlfriend in the stomach with the intent of causing an abortion from the fall of 2007 until January 2008, prosecutors claim in Eighth District Court documents.
When contacted by the Budget, Kindle declined to comment about his charge and has hired a private attorney, Cole N.Sherard out of Wheatland to represent him.
However, in an interview with law enforcement, Kindle allegedly admitted he did punch the girl, Valarie S. Luckenbihl, 21, with the intent of terminating the pregnancy, court documents state.
In January 2008, the fetus was aborted at Kindle’s family residence while Kindle was present, according to a Converse County Sheriff’s Office affidavit file in court.
After the abortion, court records state, Kindle’s mother Rubetta Kindle took the fetus and buried it in her backyard. When Rubetta was interviewed by sheriff’s deputies, she showed them the location of the burial.
Once a search warrant was obtained, the remains were exhumed and sent to the University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology, where it was determined the fetus was 22 to 24 weeks gestation.
Kindle was arrested Jan. 6 and had a preliminary hearing in circuit court Feb. 9. His bond was set at $10,000, which he paid. However, no other court dates have been set.
Rubetta has been charged with accessory after the fact and had an initial appearance in circuit court Feb. 21.
Luckenbihl filed for a protection order against Kindle accusing him of choking, shoving and kicking her when he was mad. The order was served to Kindle’s residence Jan. 4, documents state.
If convicted on the single felony assault count Kindle faces up to 10 years in prison or up to $10,000 in fines or both.