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Sullivan County judge tells convict he doesn't need probation officer's permission to marry

Kacie Breeding • Jul 31, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Editors note: This story contains graphic information that may not be suitable for all readers.

BLOUNTVILLE — A retired sheriff’s deputy from New York sought a Blountville judge’s assurance Friday that he does not have to obtain the probation office’s permission to marry, or sign a form saying he’s a sex offender, or feel pressured to lie during therapy sessions designed to address sexually deviant behavior.In November 2008, Louis R. Batori, then 62, received a 10-year probation sentence after entering Alford pleas of guilty to two counts of child abuse and one count each of exhibition of obscene materials to a minor and aggravated assault.The plea allowed Batori to maintain his innocence while admitting prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of physically and sexually abusing his family.Through his attorney, David Mullins, Batori expressed a concern that he had to have the permission of his probation officer, Wendy Minton, in order to marry. Minton testified that she had asked his future wife, a woman from the United Kingdom, to come to her office next week but said she had not told Batori that he had to have consent from the probation office to marry the woman.Minton said her invitation was a routine practice — that she typically invites offenders’ prospective spouses to the probation office so they can learn the official facts of the case, not just the offender’s version of what happened.Those under her supervision are typically people on probation for sex crimes or who have an identifiable history of sex crimes or sexually deviant behavior, Minton said.Next, Mullins said Batori did not want to have to sign a form that identified himself as a registered sex offender. The form in question turned out to be one typically given to sex offenders, requiring them to acknowledge that Halloween festivities are prohibited. The probation office settled that issue by agreeing to white out the section referring to the signee being a registered sex offender.Last, Mullins said Batori felt under pressure to lie during his group therapy sessions in order to avoid jail for a probation violation resulting from a lack of making progress in his treatment.While Minton characterized Batori’s progress thus far as “extremely poor,” she advised the judge that Batori has until his probation ends in 2018 to successfully complete his therapy through Counseling Consultation Services, unless his therapists kick him out of it.Batori was arrested in September 2006 for allegedly forcing his wife to do things “no human being should ever have to do,” as Kingsport Police Department Detective Karen Watkins described the allegations.Batori’s second wife told authorities she met Batori in China in 2000, he visited her there several times, and they kept in touch via e-mail before their marriage in January 2005. Shortly after the ceremony, the couple moved to 700 Buttermilk Road, Kingsport. The woman was Batori’s second wife from China.At first, the woman told authorities, she didn’t realize Batori’s treatment of her was wrong. In Chinese culture, it is customary for a husband and wife to do things to make each other happy, and she wanted to please her husband, she testified at a court proceeding.Then in July 2005, she said Batori forced her to eat human excrement after she went to the doctor for back pain and bleeding. He allegedly forced her to perform sexual acts or dances before she could run errands and also allegedly made her wear revealing clothing when she went out in public, according to an affidavit.Related stories:

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