An ex-Army recruiter who ended up in jail after being accused of raping children attempted to escape from jail in Isabella County, Michigan.

43-year-old Keith Clark McKern was charged with solicitation of an escape while awaiting trial for a felony after corrections officers tossed the property of his cellmate and discovered evidence of an escape attempts.

McKern had served in Iraq three times during his time in the Army, and is currently charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree.

According to The Morning Sun, McKern planned to flee with his cellmate, and had planned to reach the roof of the facility via a rope ladder.

When the plans were discovered, McKern claimed it was merely a joke derived from boredom and that no serious escape attempt was considered.

McKern claims that he suffers from PTSD related to his time in Iraq, and that his taste for minors was the result of pornography that he was exposed to while in Iraq.

Prior to his escape attempt, McKern was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. Solicitation of escape while awaiting trial for a felony is a high court misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison or up to half the maximum time for the original crime and up to a $1,000 fine.

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