Woman faces escape charges

2013-02-25T14:30:00Z 2013-02-25T23:27:04Z Woman faces escape chargesBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
February 25, 2013 2:30 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | An 18-year-old woman, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to handcuffing and sexually assaulting a teenage Valparaiso boy, is missing and faces two felony counts of escape.

April Kuchta, of 561 Glenwood Hills in Valparaiso, has not been seen since Feb. 6 after being asked to take a drug screen as part of her community transition program, according to charging information.

An official with the county adult probation department said Kuchta was called in after her descriptions of her activity Feb. 5 failed to match that recorded by her GPS monitor.

Kuchta said she ran errands for her grandmother after the cancellation of a doctor's appointment that had been approved a day earlier. Her grandmother told officials she was out of town and had no idea Kuchta left the house.

The grandmother brought Kuchta to the PACT office for a visit Feb. 6, during which time Kuchta was asked to submit to a drug screen. She reportedly left the building, cut off the GPS monitor and threw it in a garbage can before fleeing.

Kuchta faces D and C felony counts of escape. The C felony carries a potential sentence of two to eight years behind bars, and the D felony is six months to three years.

Kuchta was sentenced in December 2011 to four years behind bars, but had already served a year by that point and needed only to complete half the sentence or less.

She had pleaded guilty to Class C felony criminal confinement and Class D felony intimidation.

Kuchta was 16 at the time of the offense in April 2011 and the victim was 17 and mentally disabled, according to police.

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