Sex Offender Mom Banned from Son’s Graduation

March 31, 2009 : Dinkel banned from son’s graduation.

Convicted sex offender Jeni Lee Dinkel won’t be allowed to attend her son’s high school graduation this May. In a March 24 letter, school officials told Dinkel, a 53-year-old mother of two, that Covington Catholic High School and the Diocese of Covington won’t allow her to attend graduation events with her family. Those include the Mass, the baccalaureate luncheon and commencement.

Nearly two years ago, Dinkel, the wife of former Bengals linebacker Tom Dinkel, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree rape for having sex with a 15-year-old friend of her son, Alex. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail, given probation for five years and ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years in May 2007.

The letter from Covington Catholic High School Principal Robert J. Rowe and Margaret Schack, chancellor of the Diocese of Covington, is in response to Dinkel’s Feb. 13 letter informing school officials that she had permission from her probation officer to attend Covington Catholic High School’s graduation events in May.

Her son, Alex, has been “fighting for his life.” Alex Dinkel has battled cancer.

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