Warrant on sex charge expected in Choate case

2011-10-24T19:00:00Z 2013-01-11T14:25:07Z Warrant on sex charge expected in Choate caseBy Susan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Kentucky police officials said Monday another warrant is in process against the father of slain Christian Choate.

Capt. Chris Miller, spokesman for the Christian County Sheriff's Department in Hopkinsville, Ky., confirmed Riley Choate, 39, has been charged with a sex crime involving a minor.

Lake County records showed no record of a new warrant served on Choate as of Monday, according to Deputy Cmdr. Rob Arnold, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

Lake County prosecutors have characterized the Kentucky filing as equivalent to a Class A felony count of criminal deviate conduct.

The new charge first was revealed in a motion prosecutors presented to the court prior to last week's bail hearing for Choate and his estranged wife, Kimberly Kubina, 46.

The Choates initially were brought in for questioning on warrants on a charge of theft of services in Kentucky, according to Arnold. Charges against the couple relating to the death of Choate's 13-year-old son were filed in Lake County shortly after that, Arnold said.

Last week, Kentucky placed a hold on the couple's custody, prompting Lake Criminal Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan to dismiss their petitions for bail.

Kentucky court officials last week said defendants under hold in another state typically must be returned to Kentucky to face charges following disposition of their case.

Choate and Kubina are charged with murder and numerous other charges in connection to Christian's death, which is believed to have occurred in April 2009.

Following a tip to police, the boy's body was found this May buried in a shallow grave in a mobile home park in Gary's Black Oak neighborhood.

The boy's sister, Christina Choate, 17, last week testified that the boy was beaten routinely and imprisoned in a dog cage for up to a year before his death.

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