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Albany pastor indicted on rape and sodomy charges

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Faces 40 years in prison if convicted

By Calen McKinney

 

An Albany man who serves as pastor of a local church has been indicted on charges of raping and sodomizing an elderly woman for whom he provided care.

If convicted, the man faces as much as 40 years in prison.

Jimmy H. Mason, 70, of KY Highway 558, was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

Mason was charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree rape.

The charges stem from a Campbellsville Police investigation. Officers received a call last month from an elderly female reporting that she had been raped and sodomized.

According to a Campbellsville Police report, the department doesn't release the name of sexual assault victims as does the News-Journal.

Officers responded to the home where the crimes allegedly occurred. Evidence was collected and the person who allegedly committed the crime was identified.

After the alleged victim and perpetrator underwent medical examinations, Mason was arrested.

During the investigation, according to the report, officers learned that Mason, who pastors Otter Creek Separate Baptist Church, located near the LaRue and Taylor County line, had befriended the victim and served as her caregiver.

The alleged rape and sodomy occurred on July 13, and, according to court records, Mason was arrested four days later.

Records state Mason forced the woman to have anal and vaginal sex with him. The woman, at 89, was, according to court records, incapable of giving consent because she was physically helpless.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash. Mason was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim, her family members or any complaining witnesses.

Campbellsville Police Detective Ben Riggs is investigating.

 

Also Indicted:

• Shawn M. Crabtree, 20, of East Main Street in Bradfordsville, was charged with first-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking more than $10,000.

Bond was set at $20,000 cash. If convicted, Crabtree could be sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison.

• Mitchell J. Wright, 29, of Lebanon, was charged with first-degree burglary.

Bond was set at $25,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, Wright could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

• Nicholas Galarza, 31, of Campbellsville, was charged with third-degree burglary and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Galarza could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

• Angela Nicole Cox, 34, of Jayne Avenue in Campbellsville, was charged with DUI, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance and having a prescription not in its proper container.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000 and she was ordered to not consume any alcohol or illegal drugs. If convicted, Cox could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

• Landon D. McGinnis, 31, of Hayes Hollow Road in Liberty, was charged with possession of marijuana, first-degree possession of heroin and public intoxication.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000 and he was ordered to not consume any alcohol or illegal drugs, to report to pretrial services staff members and to submit to weekly random drug tests. If convicted, McGinnis could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Timothy C. Russell, 29, of Wren Road in Bowling Green, was charged with receiving a stolen firearm and theft by unlawful taking less than $500.

Bond was set at $2,000 cash. If convicted, Russell could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Shayla F. McAllister, 32, and Willie Lewis, 28, both of Purcell Court in Campbellsville, were charged with theft by unlawful taking $500 or more. Lewis was also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond for McAllister was set at 10 percent of $10,000 and bond for Lewis was set at 10 percent of $20,000. They were ordered to not have contact with their alleged victims. If convicted, they could each be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence Lewis might receive.

• Cory J. Gadberry, 37, of Buttercup Lane in Campbellsville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500 and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, Gadberry could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

• Jessica D. Swartz, 33, of Cedar Street in Campbellsville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. If convicted, Swartz could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Dennis Carrier, 36, of Harrison Street in Campbellsville, was charged with welfare fraud and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $2,500, unsecured. If convicted, Carrier could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

• Colby Atwood, 23, of Franklin Road in Campbellsville, was charged with flagrant non-support.

Bond was set at $1,000, nonrefundable. If convicted, Atwood could be sentenced to serve as much as five years in prison.

• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.