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Child molester faces long prison sentence

Donald Ray Trinkella

Donald Ray Trinkella

KINGMAN - A Kingman man faces between 10 and 24 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 9 on charges of child molestation.

Donald Ray Trinkella, 40, entered a guilty plea Thursday afternoon in front of Judge Derek Carlisle following his arrest in July.

Trinkella, a respite worker who cared for people with disabilities, the elderly and others, admitted he molested a 13-year-old boy when Kingman police officers arrested him on two felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor and a felony count of child molestation.

The Mohave County Grand Jury later indicted Trinkella on even more serious charges.

On Thursday, Carlisle agreed to allow Trinkella to make his guilty plea, with the understanding that he would face a mandatory prison term between 10 and 24 years, with a presumption the sentence would be 17 years.

Trinkella's arrest came after he called the KPD and requested a welfare check on the boy and his mother, his girlfriend, after the family cut off contact with him.

The incidents occurred at both the boy's home and Trinkella's and include at least one occurrence of sodomy, the result of a "game" the two played while the mother was not present.

Trinkella was respectful in court and showed no emotion when Carlisle advised him of his sentencing options.

The judge also told Trinkella, who had a clean record until last summer, that he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life once he is released from prison and could face a fine up to $150,000.