Porter County teen who tied boy to chair is headed back to prison
BY JAMES D. WOLF JR. Post-Tribune correspondent December 6, 2013 4:54PM
April Kuchta, 16. | Photo provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 8, 2014 6:12AM
VALPARAISO — The woman who was sentenced at 17 years old to four years in prison for the sexual abuse of a high school boy will return to prison for four more years.
April Lynn Kuchta, now 19, pleaded guilty Friday to Class C felony escape.
Kuchta had recently been moved to a transition-to-community program. On Feb. 6, she decided to snip the GPS tracking device off her ankle. She left it in a trash can near the program’s office.
She pleaded to the higher Class C felony escape charge on Friday, and the state dismissed a Class D felony escape charge for the plea.
The four-year sentence included no probation, simply prison time.
Kuchta will get credit for the time she’s served in Porter County Jail since May 1.
The time she spent in jail from Feb. 8 to April 30 counts as time served for violating her probation, which was to last four years after she got released from prison.
Kuchta had been sentenced in December 2011 after pleading guilty to two charges: Class C felony criminal confinement and Class D felony intimidation.
Before a party at her home in April 2011, Kutcha had lured a juvenile in and tied him, stripped, to a chair.
The Kuchta and partygoers had videos and photos of her holding a knife to him and making threats of a sexual nature.
One partygoer said people objected and untied the boy, but she continued to restrain him after that.
The recent escape charges came after officials with the community transition program noticed that for Feb. 5, her schedule did not match where she said she would be.
She was told to wait for a drug test but left and removed the anklet.
Police found her at a friend’s house.
Kuchta had one request, that Alexa make getting her GED part of her sentencing.
Harper explained that making it mandatory would make it easier for her to get into the programs.
Alexa noted that she had done well in prison the first time.