Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Sexual Assault of Minor at Minnetonka Airbnb

February 12, 2018 05:19 PM

The video above aired in September when the suspect was charged.

A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to attempting to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl while staying as a guest at an Airbnb home in Minnetonka in September.


Derrick Aaron Kinchen, 28, of Lansing, entered the amended plea on Monday in Hennepin County court. He had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under 13.

Kinchen has a sentencing hearing scheduled for May 18. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says it expects he will receive the recommended sentencing guideline, which is five years probation and 18 months in prison if he violates probational conditions. Kinchen will also be sentenced to 120 days in the county workhouse, but will be given credit for 142 days of time served, the attorney's office says.

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Kinchen on Monday issued a Norgaard plea, which is an agreement that there is enough evidence for a jury to convict him. Though he said at the court appearance he could not remember the events of the night in question, the attorney's office says.

According to a criminal complaint, Minnetonka police officers were dispatched to a residence on Bellevue Drive at around 12:22 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. There, a witness reported Kinchen had tried to assault his 7-year-old daughter.

The witness alleged Kinchen had rented a spare bedroom in the home through Airbnb. The witness said he and his wife had put their daughter to bed, then heard Kinchen return from a wedding around midnight.

Around 15 minutes later, the witness alleges he observed his daughter's bedroom door was open and said Kinchen was lying next to her naked.

The witness reports yelling at Kinchen, whom he said grabbed his suitcoat and wallet and fled the home.

According to the complaint, officers began a K-9 search and found Kinchen hiding in a partially-covered fishing boat at a neighboring residence, allegedly naked except for a suitcoat.

Kinchen's relatives have said he came to Minnesota for the weekend to attend a friend's wedding.

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Kinchen's relatives, who did not want to be identified, said in September he found the room for rent online and booked two nights. Kinchen's family claimed he reportedly got drunk at the wedding reception, and when he returned to the home he wasn't familiar with, he went to the bathroom.

When he came out, his family claims, he went to the wrong bedroom and passed out.  

Ben Breit, a spokesperson for Airbnb, said in a statement at the time that the company is upset by the activity alleged to have been committed by Kinchen and supports the host family.

"The reported abhorrent behavior has no place on Airbnb and we will not tolerate it," the statement said. "We are focused on providing our host family with our full support, we are working with the local police to ensure they have our assistance, and we banned this user from our community. Keeping our community safe is the most important thing we do. None of our hosts should ever have to deal with anything like this."



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