- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2006

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to molesting two girls told a judge he did it because of his wife’s excessive bingo playing.

“My wife was never home,” Floyd Kinney Jr. said during his plea hearing last week.

Kinney’s explanation did not sit well with Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden.

“Some people, when their wives are not home, decide to do other things, like clean their living rooms,” Judge McFadden said. “Your behavior is beyond the pale.”

Kinney, 49, said that his wife sometimes would argue with him over money and that he was angry she was spending too much on bingo.

“She would be going to bingo three, four times a week. I told her to stop going to bingo, and she said, ‘If they had bingo every day, I’d go every day,’ ” he said.

Records say Kinney molested one of the girls, now 26, from 1992 to 1997. He sexually assaulted the second girl, now 17, for a year beginning in January 2005, records show.

Kinney pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated indecent assault. The felony charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

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