An effort to get a new trial for a former middle school counselor serving nearly 14 years in prison in a sex case involving a student is underway in Saline County District Court.
In June of 2014 Brooke Dinkel was found guilty of sex crimes involving a 13-year-old student. A jury found the now 35-year-old former Smoky Valley Middle School Counselor guilty of two counts of rape. She was acquitted of other charges that included 8 other counts of rape and 10 counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.
The case stemmed from sexual encounters at Dinkel’s home with a student. She was a school counselor at the time, and the student was 13-years-old.
During the trial Dinkel contended that the boy forced himself on her the first time. It happened when he was at her house helping her with a wallpaper project. She said after that she continued to have sexual encounters with the student because he was threatening to get her in trouble.
Dinkel was sentenced to 165 months in prison, and was ordered to be on lifetime supervision once released.
Since that time, Dinkel has retained new legal representation. They have filed an appeal and are seeking a new trial.
As part of the process, the new legal team was in court Thursday in Salina. They contend that Dinkel did not receive proper representation during her trial.
Dinkel has also sought a pardon from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.