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Allen sentenced to five years for sex with minor

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By Calen McKinney

 

A Campbellsville man will serve prison time and register as a sex offender for having sex with a minor.

Brian K. Allen, 31, of 368 Slate Creek Road, was indicted in February 2011 by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and six counts of third-degree rape.

Allen appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on June 29 and pleaded guilty to third-degree rape.

The sex abuse and remaining third-degree rape charges were dismissed.

According to court records, the plea agreement was reached after consulting with the victim and her family.

On Sept. 7, Allen was sentenced to serve five years in prison. He was given credit for time he has already served.
Upon his release, Allen was ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years and complete a sex offender treatment program.

Records from Allen’s sentencing weren’t filed until Sept. 24.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller, the prosecutor in the case, said she is pleased with the disposition of Allen’s case.

“The commonwealth worked closely with the victim and law enforcement in this matter and is pleased that the court followed the recommendation to serve five years,” she said. Greensburg attorney Jeremy Wood, who served as Allen’s attorney, said the sentence was reached between all parties involved.

“Obviously, in any case we want the best result possible,” Wood said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the client’s decision as to whether they want to take the risk of a trial.”

Wood said Allen decided to avoid a trial and enter a guilty plea.

“And I think it was an informed decision,” Wood said.

According to court records, Allen subjected a 14-year-old girl to sexual contact on Jan. 1, 2011, in Taylor County.

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said last year that the alleged victim’s parents reported the allegations. Allen allegedly fondled the girl, who Newton said is a friend of Allen’s family.

Taylor County Sheriff’s Detective Brian Pickard said last year that the girl later told officers that she had sex with Allen. Court records state that Allen told the girl he would marry her after she turned 18. If convicted by a jury,

Allen could have been sentenced to as much as 35 years in prison.