Rapist Gets 31 Days in Jail, Now on House Arrest

by Staff on January 31, 2013 · 110 comments

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Jeffrey Dean Porter, RapistA Mitchell man who originally faced up to 40 years in prison pleaded guilty to rape this week and was sentenced to house arrest having served just 31 days in jail.

On September 19, 2010, the man was at the home of a co-worker, where his horses are boarded, watering them. While there, he attempted to get the woman to have sex with him but she refused and left in order to get away from him.

She told police that the man, apparently angered by her refusal, followed her, knocked her down, and pulled her back into the home. Inside, he forced himself on her, she said.

In her attempts to get away, she bit the man on the back and hit him repeatedly with a paint can. He became even more angry and she became scared.

At that point, the woman “then made a decision she would agree to have sex with Porter so she would not get hurt,” according to documents filed with the court. “She felt her only option was to do what Porter wanted or she would be killed.”

After the man left, she went to a friend’s home and then to the Mitchell Police Department. Later, the woman went to Bedford Regional Medical Center where she was examined.

During questioning by Indiana State Police Detective Paul Suding, the man said that he carried the woman into the home after she had a panic attack. Afterwards, the man said, the woman wanted to have sex with him. He later told the Detective that “he did get upset and make [the woman] have sex with him”.

The day after the incident, Jeffrey Dean Porter, Mitchell, was arrested by Indiana State Police on a preliminary charge of rape. On September 22, 2010, Porter was formally charged with one count of rape and one count of criminal deviate conduct, both class B Felonies which each carry a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

After his arrest, Porter was held in the Lawrence County Security Center without bond.

On October 20, 2010, however, that changed when bond was set at $5,000 cash. Porter posted bond and walked out of jail the same day.

A trial was set for August 28, 2012, but that trial never took place due to a plea agreement negotiated between Michelle Woodward and Porter’s court-appointed attorney, Lorinda Youngcourt.

As part of the plea agreement, Porter would plead guilty to rape and, in exchange, Woodward would request that the other charge against him, criminal deviate conduct, be dismissed.

At the sentencing hearing this past Monday, that’s exactly what happened. Porter pleaded guilty, admitting to raping the woman. The Court then granted the State’s motion to dismiss the criminal deviate conduct charge.

Porter was sentenced to eight years at the Indiana Department of Corrections (and given credit for 31 days served) with five years of that sentence suspended to probation. Porter “shall serve 3 years on electronic monitoring in lieu of incarceration” and, after completing as little as two years of probation, it “may become unsupervised”, meaning that he would not even be required to regularly meet with a probation officer.

Porter was ordered not to use alcohol or drugs, to have no contact with the victim, and he must pay $100 to the public defender as well as $166 in court costs.

In addition, Porter “shall pay any restitution of medical care/therapy of victim”.

Although he faced up to 20 years in prison, Porter served just 31 days in the Lawrence County Jail for raping his female co-worker.

The day after his sentencing, Jeffrey Dean Porter was added to the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry, where he will remain listed until his death, as a “sexually violent predator”.

According to the Registry, Porter, 41, stands 6’1″ tall, weighs 170 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He resides at 319 West Vine Street in Mitchell.

Note: Mitchell News does not publish the names of victims of sexual crimes.

110 comments
guest
guest

Why not give the judge's name in that story? Let people know who is letting rapists go free! Do you know that only 3 percent of convicted rapists ever go to prison? It's appalling that such a thing happens in this day and age.  

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

He's not on house arrest if he has thay kind of freedom....promise you that

Cheryl Anne Burcham
Cheryl Anne Burcham

If this guy is on house arrest how is he able to be out running all around his yard and out into the road. Also how is always able to get into a vehicle and leave his hours at all hours of day and night? This makes me worry about how well he is being supervised.

Cheryl Anne Burcham
Cheryl Anne Burcham

If this guy is on house arrest how is he able to be out running all around his yard and out into the road. Also how is always able to get into a vehicle and leave his hours at all hours of day and night? This makes me worry about how well he is being supervised.

Tammy Strange
Tammy Strange

thats pretty hell you get much time for for someting a lot less then rape

Emily Thompson-Steele
Emily Thompson-Steele

Cynthia Mullis- Times Mail had it in the paper the day after Mitchell News posted...... Which proves, once again, that Mitchell News is by far the best place to check your local news...

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

Analee...I found that out while reading the article...until I read it ..all I knew about the guy was that he was on the sex offender registry...it doesn't give ya much details...I'm appalled that any of them can just live in neighborhoods with kids..they shouldn't even be allowed out of prison...they should be castrated and kept locked away..

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

Analee...I found that out while reading the article...until I read it ..all I knew about the guy was that he was on the sex offender registry...it doesn't give ya much details...I'm appalled that any of them can just live in neighborhoods with kids..they shouldn't even be allowed out of prison...they should be castrated and kept locked away..

Analee Williams Hanover
Analee Williams Hanover

Crystal...were you not aware that he runs a church??? The Vision of Hope Prison Ministry!!!

Analee Williams Hanover
Analee Williams Hanover

Crystal...were you not aware that he runs a church??? The Vision of Hope Prison Ministry!!!

Cynthia J. Barlow Mullis
Cynthia J. Barlow Mullis

People need to remember this and other cases and use the power of the vote in the next election.

Cynthia J. Barlow Mullis
Cynthia J. Barlow Mullis

People need to remember this and other cases and use the power of the vote in the next election.

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

Analee I can honestly say I'm speechless...and that doesn't happen often...I do my best to keep the religious point of view off of this page...I however find it hard to believe that God would want a sexual predator representing HIS kingdom....but I've been wrong before...so I'll just say let us and our lived ones be protected from these sick souls who surround our neighborhoods and homes....

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

Analee I can honestly say I'm speechless...and that doesn't happen often...I do my best to keep the religious point of view off of this page...I however find it hard to believe that God would want a sexual predator representing HIS kingdom....but I've been wrong before...so I'll just say let us and our lived ones be protected from these sick souls who surround our neighborhoods and homes....

Kim Guthrie-Roberts
Kim Guthrie-Roberts

Analee, a GAL is the same as a CASA, we do have an attorney who represents us in court. In Lawrence county, it's Darlene McSoley, she is the attorney that represents us in court. She can call us to testify and she can be a bulldog in cross examining! Michele Murphy is the director of the program. To be a CASA, there is an intense training we have to go thru to learn the laws. There are state and federal laws that we have to go by.

Kim Guthrie-Roberts
Kim Guthrie-Roberts

Analee, a GAL is the same as a CASA, we do have an attorney who represents us in court. In Lawrence county, it's Darlene McSoley, she is the attorney that represents us in court. She can call us to testify and she can be a bulldog in cross examining! Michele Murphy is the director of the program. To be a CASA, there is an intense training we have to go thru to learn the laws. There are state and federal laws that we have to go by.

Analee Williams Hanover
Analee Williams Hanover

Crystal...alot of the neighbors know as I know a guy that used to live there and he told it and gave him hell all the time. I called the owners of the park and told them, lol. I even called the number he has listed and he answered it as that church he portrays to operate!!

Analee Williams Hanover
Analee Williams Hanover

Crystal...alot of the neighbors know as I know a guy that used to live there and he told it and gave him hell all the time. I called the owners of the park and told them, lol. I even called the number he has listed and he answered it as that church he portrays to operate!!

Ashley Wagner
Ashley Wagner

This makes me sick! No justice was done here!

Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts

I am so thankful for these posts! I wouldn't have known anything about this if Mitchell News hadn't posted the info!!

Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts

I am so thankful for these posts! I wouldn't have known anything about this if Mitchell News hadn't posted the info!!

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

Let's just be thankful we've got the eyes and ears of Mitchell News to keep us informed of the sick psychos that surround us and our precious babies...

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

Let's just be thankful we've got the eyes and ears of Mitchell News to keep us informed of the sick psychos that surround us and our precious babies...

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

We stand no chance of running him out of town...look at the article posted about that luckabaugh guy...he's a sexual sadist and lives in lakeside estates!...hes a proven sicko and I'll betcha his neighbors nor his wife have a clue what a sick bastard he is...you'd think that we should be entitled to more information so that our children and families could be and feel safe..of course I suppose that's askin too much...

Crystal Chapman
Crystal Chapman

We stand no chance of running him out of town...look at the article posted about that luckabaugh guy...he's a sexual sadist and lives in lakeside estates!...hes a proven sicko and I'll betcha his neighbors nor his wife have a clue what a sick bastard he is...you'd think that we should be entitled to more information so that our children and families could be and feel safe..of course I suppose that's askin too much...

Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts

Cheryl Anne Burcham...you better go get some form of protection if he lives that close to you! I'm honestly stunned that he only got such a small amount of time! Everyone needs to share this article with friends and family. Maybe we can run his ass out of town!

Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts

Cheryl Anne Burcham...you better go get some form of protection if he lives that close to you! I'm honestly stunned that he only got such a small amount of time! Everyone needs to share this article with friends and family. Maybe we can run his ass out of town!

Cheryl Anne Burcham
Cheryl Anne Burcham

Scary this guy lives close to me and I have talked to the man previous to knowing any of this. For those asking where he lives it is 319 west vine street in Mitchell.

Cheryl Anne Burcham
Cheryl Anne Burcham

Scary this guy lives close to me and I have talked to the man previous to knowing any of this. For those asking where he lives it is 319 west vine street in Mitchell.

Scott Daniel Smoot
Scott Daniel Smoot

He's a snitch. He probably "gave valuable information" for another case and they let him off early. He worked at liner in paoli for about two months. CREEPER

Shela Hughes
Shela Hughes

Does any one know if this is his first conviction on any thing? Not that it matters...just wondering.

Shela Hughes
Shela Hughes

Does any one know if this is his first conviction on any thing? Not that it matters...just wondering.

Analee Williams Hanover
Analee Williams Hanover

Kim Guthrie-Roberts...In Or. Co you have to be an Atty to be a GAL, last I knew. Also, Law. Co. SHOULD have a Victim's Advocate for the victim's of ANY crime. Ours is thru Hoosier Hills Pact. I may be wrong but thought they were required to have one. Who knows?? As I recall Robbins was the Judge in the Wilson case as well !!!!

Analee Williams Hanover
Analee Williams Hanover

Kim Guthrie-Roberts...In Or. Co you have to be an Atty to be a GAL, last I knew. Also, Law. Co. SHOULD have a Victim's Advocate for the victim's of ANY crime. Ours is thru Hoosier Hills Pact. I may be wrong but thought they were required to have one. Who knows?? As I recall Robbins was the Judge in the Wilson case as well !!!!

Randy Thedeejay
Randy Thedeejay

this is where the judicial system is f**ked up. serve more time for marijuana than rape, what kind of damn message is that sending? don't smoke it poke it?

Shelby Elliott
Shelby Elliott

Sorry, hit enter by mistake! The article is titled: LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Spreen: Criminal offenders should be working It sounds to me like they are not dealing with violent behavior at all really. Just my opinion.

Shelby Elliott
Shelby Elliott

Sorry, hit enter by mistake! The article is titled: LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Spreen: Criminal offenders should be working It sounds to me like they are not dealing with violent behavior at all really. Just my opinion.

Shelby Elliott
Shelby Elliott

Hmm, I don't get it. In the paper the other day in this article: Lawrence Circuit Court Judge Andrea McCord said the judges do place criminals on road crews. “I believe that we, as a criminal justice system, are handling the road crew system appropriately,” she explained. “The issue the commissioner is misunderstanding is that we are trying to deal with those with substance abuse, violent behavior and mental health problems by addressing those areas as a priority so they don’t keep returning to the system. It is part of our statutory duty. “Unfortunately, we are dealing with a lot of those offenders right now. Those that are appropriate are placed in the community corrections system. Many of the offenders on probation do both treatment and community corrections if it is safe for the community.” Lawrence Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins concurred. “The judges collectively have worked very hard over the past few years to reduce the jail population, to make our sentencing orders really work for the system instead of just doing the same old thing we’ve been doing for 50-plus years,” he said. “The judges definitely use community corrections effectively and efficiently.”

Shelby Elliott
Shelby Elliott

Hmm, I don't get it. In the paper the other day in this article: Lawrence Circuit Court Judge Andrea McCord said the judges do place criminals on road crews. “I believe that we, as a criminal justice system, are handling the road crew system appropriately,” she explained. “The issue the commissioner is misunderstanding is that we are trying to deal with those with substance abuse, violent behavior and mental health problems by addressing those areas as a priority so they don’t keep returning to the system. It is part of our statutory duty. “Unfortunately, we are dealing with a lot of those offenders right now. Those that are appropriate are placed in the community corrections system. Many of the offenders on probation do both treatment and community corrections if it is safe for the community.” Lawrence Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins concurred. “The judges collectively have worked very hard over the past few years to reduce the jail population, to make our sentencing orders really work for the system instead of just doing the same old thing we’ve been doing for 50-plus years,” he said. “The judges definitely use community corrections effectively and efficiently.”

Nita Dennison
Nita Dennison

Gun control yah ill control my gun if he was to ever show up at my door ! Jus sayin .

Nita Dennison
Nita Dennison

Gun control yah ill control my gun if he was to ever show up at my door ! Jus sayin .

Nita Dennison
Nita Dennison

This is a crock he should b in jail ! Wat the heck

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