Kelash charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct against victims under age 16

Buckman resident John Thomas Kelash, 28, was charged with two counts of felony first degree criminal sexual conduct involving a girl under the age of 16, but older than 12, who occasionally babysat for his children.

Kelash was also charged with two counts of felony third degree criminal sexual conduct involving a girl under the age of 16, but older than 12, who he allegedly gave vodka to drink. One of the counts includes sexual contact with a victim who was mentally impaired or helpless.

The first degree charges stem from two separate incidents that occurred January and February, when a girl who babysat for the family said Kelash sexually assaulted her. The first incident, Kelash allegedly assaulted her when she was sleeping in a back bedroom of the home, pinning her arms down. The second incident allegedly occurred after Kelash’s wife had given the girl a pill to relieve a headache, which made her feel “lightheaded and dizzy.”

The third degree charges stem from an incident in February, when a girl said she went with a friend to Kelash’s home after a school dance. Kelash allegedly offered the girl vodka mixed with soda and after several drinks of the vodka, she started to get a buzz and feel tired. The criminal comlaint said after other people in the home went to bed, the girl remained in the living room with Kelash, who proceeded to have intercourse with her, despite her saying “no.”

The maximum sentence for first degree criminal sexual assault is 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine. The maximum sentence for third degree sexual conduct is 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000.

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