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Appeals court denies murderer Adhahn’s request to correspond with his kids

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Jan. 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
January 20, 2010 2:33 pm

The state Court of Appeals has upheld a Pierce County Superior Court judge’s ruling that prohibits Zina Linnik’s killer from contacting his children while they are minors.

The appellate court announced its decision in the case of State v. Terapon Adhahn today.

Adhahn had appealed a provision in his sentencing that prohibited his contacting his four children while they are under the age of 18. He argued that the provision was an unconstitutional infringement on his parenting rights and unnecessary to prevent harm to his children.

Appellate judges disagreed, pointing out that Adhahn pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a teenage girl left in his care by her mother.

“Because Adhahn sexually assaulted a minor he parented, we affirm Adhahn’s sentencing condition prohibiting contact with all minor children, including his biological children, as a valid crime-related prohibition that does not unduly burden his fundamental parenting rights,” the court ruled.

You can read the entire decision here.

Adhahn is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for the kidnap, rape and murder of Zina, 12. She was snatched from an alley behind her Hilltop home in July 2007.

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