Friday, January 31, 2014

Former Boys and Girls Club Employee Pleads Guilty to Rape

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM

A former employee of the Boise and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley, honored in 2011 as Youth of the Year, has admitted to raping a 15-year-old girl.

Tyrel Smolinski, 21, of Lewiston had been charged with felony counts of rape and lewd and lascivious contract with a minor younger than 16. The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office began its probe in May 2013, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley cooperated with the investigation.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that, as part of an agreement under which he would serve no prison time, Smolinski pleaded guilty to rape and left his sentence up to the judge's discretion. But the Rule 11 agreement allows Smolinski to withdraw his plea if 2nd District Judge Carl Kerrick refuses to follow the terms of the agreement.

The maximum sentence for rape in Idaho is up to life in prison and a fine of $50,000.

The Tribune reports that Smolinski, when asked if he had done what the charging documents allege, said "yes."

Smolinski's sentencing is set for Thursday, April 3.

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