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A former Hardin County Municipal Court bailiff and probation officer changed his plea to guilty on two counts of rape.

 

Don Castle entered the guilty pleas on the two counts of rape, both first degree felonies. They involved Jane Doe, as identified in the indictment. WKTN will not release her true identity.

 

Five counts of rape involving John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3, as well as two counts of gross sexual imposition were then dismissed as part of the plea negotiations. Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert said that the plea deal was accepted by the State after consulting with the victim's in the case.

Castle could be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on each count, which could be ordered to be served consecutively. Prison time on each count is mandatory. Castle will also be classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

 

A presentence investigation was ordered, and Castle will be sentenced September 2.

 

Defense Attorney William Kluge asked the Court to continue Castle's bond until sentencing, but Judge Scott Barrett said that would create a heightened risk to Castle and the public now that he has been found guilty to two felony counts, "I think for the protection of Mr. Castle as well as for the system in general, Mr. Castle has known that we were going to trial The trial has been set for months. It was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, so I'm quite certain that he was preparing for this for his personal obligations and his family obligations, so the Court is going to be consistent, and the Court is going to revoke Mr. Castle's bond and remand him to the custody of the sheriff pending sentencing."





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