TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man previously convicted of child molesting will be spending time in jail.
Court documents say that in June of 2017, 60-year-old Ralph Lee McKinney needed a play to stay for a night and was allowed by a woman to sleep at her home. The woman’s grandchildren were also staying at the home at the time.
During the early morning hours of the following day, the woman noticed that McKinney was not in the front room where he had been sleeping. After looking around her home, she found McKinney in a room where one of her grandchildren was staying. The woman said he then ran from the room, returning to the living room.
When asked what he had been doing, McKinney did not answer. The woman then spoke with her grandchild who told her that McKinney had been in the room and was touching his private parts.
The woman confronted McKinney about this and he admitted that he had been touching her grandchild.
She then kicked him out of her home.
In October, McKinney pled guilty to a felony charge of child molesting. Since he had been convicted twice before for child molesting in 1984 and 1986, he was also charged with being a habitual offender.
McKinney was also convicted of arson in 1980.
He will spend 28 years with the Department of Correction and will be required to be registered as a sex offender for life.