Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Choir director denies VOP charge

Thanks once again to YH.

Port Charlotte, Florida - A former Port Charlotte church choir director, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1993 for sexually abusing a boy, denied he violated his probation when he was found at Kid Star Park on Aug. 19.

Richard James Trepinski, 68, 4437 Parmely St., Charlotte Harbor, was charged with violating the conditions of his probation by being found in an area where children congregate when someone reported seeing him at the Port Charlotte amusement park.

On Monday, Trepinski's lawyer, Serogine Rambali, entered a denial plea for the charge. A probation hearing was scheduled for Nov. 7.

Trepinski, the former choir director at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, pleaded no contest to molesting at least two children in the choir in April 1993. He received a 20-year prison sentence, but was released in April 2001.

He was serving 15 years of sexual offender probation when he was arrested in August.

A witness who recognized Trepinski told investigators that he was at Kid Star Park "sitting and watching the children."

Trepinski also violated his probation by not notifying his probation officer that he had moved from his last known address. According to the report, he told a deputy he had been "thrown out" and had been sleeping in his car.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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