Michael John Kobulnicky, accused rapist, and Laura S. Chiles, rape victim
March 17, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—Lemon Grove resident Michael John Kobulnicky, 50, a leader in the San Diego Tea Party and former regional director of the Southern California Conservative Party, is under arrest for allegedly kidnapping and raping a local woman on Fiesta Island. He was arrested last Thursday as he was walking near his Lemon Grove apartment, and faces life in prison if convicted of one count each of kidnapping for rape and forcible rape and two counts of forcible rape with a foreign object -- all felonies.
“He dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally,” San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told ECM news partner 10 News in late February, shortly after the February 25 assault occurred.
Kobulnicky was ordered held on $500,000 bail. Deputy District Attorney Renee Palermo unsuccessfully asked Judge David Szumowski to double the amount, calling the defendant a danger to the public.
According to his website, Kobulnicky supports Christian values, is a father of five sons, and is co-founder and president of the National Council of Americans, Inc, a nonprofit that helps youths. He also lists prior employment as faculty at California Miramar University, teacher and coach at Val Verde Unified School District, manager of a landscape design company, and more.
His Facebook page indicates he became engaged in early March and planned to be married in April. Kobulnicky, who is divorced, was accused of domestic violence in 2008, San Diego Superior Court records indicate.