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Ex-school counselor gets new trial on charges of raping boy


September 26, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former central Kansas middle school counselor convicted of raping a student will get a new trial to consider her arguments that the then-13-year-old boy forced her to have sex the first time and blackmailed her into continuing.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the attorney handling Brooke Dinkel's trial in 2014 did not provide her with an adequate defense and sent her case back to Saline County District Court.

A jury convicted Dinkel of two counts of raping a child under 14, and she was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison. She had been a counselor at S...

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