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7/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman respite worker accused of abuse
Request for welfare check led to arrest
Donald Trinkella
Donald Trinkella

KINGMAN - A man who called Kingman Police on Thursday to request a welfare check on a family that cut off contact with him was later arrested on charges he molested a child living in the home.

According to Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper, Donald Ray Trinkella, 59, admitted his involvement with the boy. He was arrested on two felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor and a felony count of child molestation.

Cooper said when police checked on the family per Trinkella's request, the boy's mother said Trinkella, a family friend, had molested her son and they had cut off contact with him.

The incidents of molestation and sexual conduct allegedly occurred at both the boy's home as well as Trinkella's residence over the past two weeks.

Trinkella befriended the family when he was employed as a respite worker. He moved away, said Cooper, and re-established the friendship when he returned to Kingman.

Why the woman failed to report the alleged molestation was not explained.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: tYLER Strop

Its funny how quick people are to judge him with out knowing all the facts..... What family wouldn't report this unless they have something to hide. My heart goes out to Donny and the teenager. Don't be so quick to judge people before you hear all the facts that's whats wrong with this country. Donald has a clean background and has cared for many of the elderly and disabled his whole life. Even took care of his mother for many years while she was slipping away from us. Donald has a great heart and is a great all around person. This story shocks me because this isn't the Donald i know!! There has to be more to the story.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: tammy smith

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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Mohave county, seems to have way to many stories of people like this, but then one can read them in about any city newspaper in America! I cannot fathom how arrogant this pedophile must be to try and make charges to child protective services after doing what he is accused of! But then some people are arrogant not just people like this but many types of people who do things both criminal and unethical or immoral!

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: Wow !

It is so sad that this happens and especially by someone who has made it his line of work to help others. Something that just baffles me is that the family did not report this abuse of their child to the authorities but rather waited until a check was done on them to say anything, this is something that should have been reported at the time it was happening. Prayers for the boy that was involved my heart goes out to him.

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