A former Glide man who sexually abused three young girls at his wife’s day care center a decade ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
James Raymond Kaineg, 69, of Melrose pleaded guilty in exchange for having three other charges dismissed. He was previously charged with a fourth count of sexual abuse, along with first-degree sodomy and sexual penetration with a foreign object.
Sex abuse is a Measure 11 crime with a mandatory 75-month sentence. Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan said she will seek to have the sentences served consecutively, which would total at least
18 years, nine months in prison.
“I have three victims, so I think there should be separate sentences for each of them,” Sullivan said.
Neither Kaineg nor his attorney, David Terry, returned phone calls seeking comment.
Kaineg had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday before a 12-member jury. He agreed to the plea deal late last week.
Sentencing by Circuit Court Judge Frances Burge will take place March 25. Kaineg, who posted $15,000 bail soon after his arrest on Aug. 5, 2011, will remain out of custody until his sentencing. Terry asked the court for time to allow Kaineg to undergo a sex offender evaluation from a private provider, Sullivan said.
Kaineg came under scrutiny in June 2011 when a teenage girl told Douglas County sheriff’s deputies she had been sexually abused at the day care when she was 3 or 4 years old.
Two other victims, now adults, were later identified and told deputies they were also abused, beginning at age 7.
The victims told investigators that Kaineg repeatedly touched them inappropriately outside their clothing and underneath and subjected them to sexual contact during incidents that took place between 1998 and 2002.
The two older girls said they went to Kaineg’s wife, Vicky, who has since died, and told her about the abuse. The victims told investigators that Vicky Kaineg scolded them and said her husband could go to jail and they would get in trouble if they told, according to court records. The victims said the abuse stopped after that.
Kaineg told investigators last year he may have touched all three girls, but not intentionally or sexually.
He said his wife came to him and told him several children had accused him of touching them inappropriately, and he stayed away from the children after that.
Vicky Kaineg opened her day care center in 1993, when the couple resided in Toketee Falls, and moved it six years later to a home in the 200 block of Hurd Street in Glide. The center operated until shortly before her 2003 death from cancer.
After her death, Jim Kaineg told The News-Review for a story about her life that he enjoyed helping his wife after coming home from his job with the U.S. Forest Service. He said he was often asked to run errands, drop off children and “control chaos” when it erupted.
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