CROWN POINT — The state has dismissed its case against a 55-year-old man accused of attacking and raping a prostitute at a Hobart home.

The Lake County prosecutor's office filed a motion last week dismissing its case against Kenneth S. Manley, who was scheduled for jury trial Oct. 1 on allegations he lured a prostitute June 10, 2015, into a house in the 1000 block of High Street, where he raped and sexually battered her, court records state.

Deputy Prosecutor Maureen Koonce offered a plea agreement earlier this month that would allow Manley to plead guilty to criminal confinement, a Level 5 felony, with a possible sentence of one to six years in prison.

Manley rejected the plea agreement and asked for a jury trial.

Judge Diane Boswell said in her motion the case was dismissed without prejudice because the alleged victim failed to cooperate, records state.

At the time this case was filed, Manley was serving a four-year prison sentence on allegations he attacked a different prostitute in 2015. He completed his prison term July 10, but he has an additional two-year term left to be served in Lake County Community Corrections.

He also has a pending criminal case remaining in LaPorte County, records state. 


Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.