DETROIT (AP) - An Ohio man suspected in a series of child slayings three decades ago pleaded guilty to 15 sex-related counts involving young boys rather than accept a deal requiring him to take a polygraph about the Oakland County child killer case.
Theodore Lamborgine, 66, of Parma Heights, Ohio, was first offered 25 to 50 years in prison if he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct.
He refused and Wayne County prosecutors made him a second offer to reduce his sentence by 10 more years if he would submit to a polygraph test on the 1976 murders of four children in Oakland County.
"I can't in my wildest dreams imagine why he wouldn't cooperate," assistant county prosecutor Robert Moran said after the hearing Wednesday. He said the plea bargain was unconditional and did not hinge of whether Lamborgine passed or failed the polygraph.
Lamborgine and imprisoned murderer Richard Lawson, 60, have been accused of operating a pedophile ring in Detroit's impoverished Cass Corridor neighborhood north of downtown.
Lawson has implicated Lamborgine in the "Oakland County Child Killer" case, in which four children ages 10 to 12 were slain in 1976 and 1977 in suburban Detroit.
Lamborgine was arrested in Ohio in early December and extradited to Michigan on child sexual abuse charges. Authorities caution he has not been charged in the Oakland County killings.