St. Mary’s jail in­mate ac­cused of es­cape at­tempt

Charged with rape in QA

Record Observer - - News - Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews By JOHN WHARTON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

LEONARDTOWN — A Kent County man charged with rape in Queen Anne’s County al­legedly tried to es­cape Mon­day night, Aug. 6, from his pre­trial cus­tody at St. Mary’s jail, where a hole 3 feet in di­am­e­ter was dis­cov­ered in a bath­room ceil­ing.

Jef­frey Ron­ald Kin­dle “stated he does not know why he de­stroyed the ceil­ing,” ac­cord­ing to charg­ing pa­pers, adding that he “stated he lo­cated a small hole in the ceil­ing, … (and) used his hands and a metal drain cover from the shower to ex­pand the hole.”

No in­mates have suc­cess­fully bro­ken out of the de­ten­tion cen­ter, which opened in 1989.

“All they do is dam­age,” Capt. Deb­o­rah Diedrich, the fa­cil­ity’s act­ing com­man­der, said Tues­day. “They can’t get any­where. There’s no way out. It’s all (en­closed by) solid con­crete.”

Kin­dle, 36, of Ch­ester­town was ar­rested in late June and charged in Queen Anne’s County with rape, sex of­fenses and as­sault.

Ma­jor Michael Mer­i­can of the St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Tues­day that Kin­dle is be­ing held in Leonardtown at the re­quest of Queen Anne’s County au­thor­i­ties.

The hole dis­cov­ered Mon­day in the drywall and metal ceil­ing in the bath­room of the in­mate’s seg­re­ga­tion pod would al­low “him ac­cess to the drop ceil­ing, (and) in­side of the drop ceil­ing, the de­fen­dant would have ac­cess to other por­tions of the de­ten­tion cen­ter as well as to the ex­te­rior wall of the fa­cil­ity,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed by Deputy Brian Fen­nessey.

In ad­di­tion to the es­cape of­fense, Kin­dle was charged with de­struc­tion of prop­erty more than $1,000.

Kin­dle had been charged in Queen Anne’s County with first- and sec­ond-de­gree rape, four counts of sex of­fenses, per­verted prac­tice, first- and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, false im­pris­on­ment, use of a dan­ger­ous weapon with in­tent to in­jure and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty.

When he was ar­rested in that case, po­lice learned he was wanted for es­cape from the Mor­ris Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions fa­cil­ity in Delaware, and he also is a reg­is­tered sex of­fender in Delaware for a 2001 fourth-de­gree rape of a vic­tim un­der age 16, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Dale Pa­trick, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

PHOTO BY JOHN WHARTON

The St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice is head­quar­tered at the county’s gov­ern­men­tal cam­pus in Leonardtown.

JEF­FREY RON­ALD KIN­DLE

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