2013-05-16 / Local & State

Burnt Cabins Man Pleads In Rape Case

Warren Kerlin III to be sentenced August 20
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A northern Fulton County man appeared in county court this week to answer to allegations of the rape and assault of a juvenile.

Warren David Kerlin III of 24941 Tannery Road, Burnt Cabins, stood before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Douglas Herman on Tuesday, May 14, for formal arraignment on 1,260 criminal charges involving sexual indiscretions that occurred between September 2010 and March 2013.

The 50-year-old, who was represented by Fulton County Public Defender Dwight Harvey, pleaded guilty to one count each of rape by forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault.

Maximum penalty in the case is 52 years incarceration and $80,000 in fines. However, an agreement has been reached between Kerlin and the commonwealth that will result in an aggregate minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

In accepting responsibility for his actions, Kerlin told the court about inappropriate touching and sexual involvement. It was noted by Harvey that rape by forcible compulsion may not necessarily involve physical force but can be inflicted through the use of psychological, moral or intellectual persuasion.

The case came to light, Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall said, when the victim confided in a trusted friend who in turn alerted authorities.

Remaining charges in this criminal case as well as an additional case involving the possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance will be dismissed with prejudice.

Sentencing has been scheduled for August 20. The Fulton County Probation Department will be preparing a presentence investigation report for the judge’s review, and the state Sexual Offender Assessment Board will be completing a report as well. The defense has also indicated its desire to have a psychological assessment performed prior to sentencing.

Kerlin remains incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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