Change of plea hearing set in Lakin case
United States District Judge J. Phil Gilbert in Benton will hold a proposed plea agreement hearing in Tom Lakin's criminal case at 10 a.m. Thursday.
According to a source close to the investigation, Lakin will likely plead guilty to some drug charges but none of the sex charges he faces. He is expected to serve nearly seven years in prison.
Gilbert also set a "change of plea" hearing at 10 a.m. on March 3.
Lakin faces an 18-count indictment on various drug and sex charges. Specifically, the indictment alleges Lakin had engaged in sex with John Doe both before and after taking him to Malibu in May 2005. It alleges that John Doe declined Lakin's requests for oral sex in California but once they returned to East Alton the relationship continued.
The indictment also states that Lakin gave several females cocaine so they would engage in sexual activity with John Doe so Lakin could watch and masturbate after the minor declined further sexual activity with Lakin himself.
Gilbert ordered Lakin to be present at the hearings. In the past, Lakin's attorney, Scott Rosenblum of St. Louis, has appeared without Lakin present.