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Five residents and Lebanon man charged with sex crimes

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Sixteen others also indicted

By Calen McKinney

 

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Five Taylor County residents and a Lebanon man have been charged with committing sex crimes in the county.
The men and one woman were indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.
David L. Taylor, 52, was indicted, along with Joyce Sherrill, 48, both of 408 Walling St. in Campbellsville.
Taylor was charged with first-degree rape, six counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of fourth-degree assault, two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond was set at $100,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, Taylor could be sentenced to as much as 150 years in prison.
In another indictment, he was charged with failure to comply with the terms of his sex offender registration and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, he 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.
Sherrill was charged with complicity to first-degree rape, four counts of complicity to first-degree sodomy, complicity to first-degree sexual abuse and failure to report child abuse.
Bond was set at $20,000 cash. She was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victim, any witnesses in the case, any minors or Taylor. If convicted, she could be sentenced to as much as 105 years in prison.
The charges against Taylor and Sherrill stem from a Campbellsville Police investigation.
A news release states that an investigation began after the office received a complaint of a possible rape involving a 15-year-old girl.
According to his arrest warrant, Taylor allegedly forced the 15-year-old girl to have sex with him on various occasions between July 8 and July 26.
According to Taylor’s arrest citation, she allegedly failed to report that her boyfriend, who was living with her, had committed a sexual act with the girl two to three weeks earlier.
Court records state that after being read her Miranda rights, Sherrill told police that she called the girl and invited her to the Walling Street home knowing her boyfriend would commit further sexual acts with the girl.
When the girl arrived, records state, Sherrill was allegedly involved in sexual acts with her boyfriend as he allegedly sodomized and raped the girl.
The Kentucky Online Sex Offender Registry states that Taylor, who is also known as Birdie Taylor, is a lifetime registrant who is compliant with the terms of his registration.
The site states that Taylor is a move-in offender from New York who was convicted of sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy of a 10-year-old.

James M. Fowler
James M. Fowler, 28, of 265 Indigo Lane in Elk Horn, was charged with first-degree rape.
Bond was set at $25,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.
According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers began an investigation after they received a report of an alleged rape from a 19-year-old girl who had been taken to Taylor Regional Hospital for an exam and treatment.

Douglas Bunch
Douglas Bunch, 23, of 112 Ford St. in Campbellsville, was charged with third-degree rape.
Bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000. He was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, Bunch could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
According to Bunch’s arrest citation, he allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl at his Ford Street home on June 30.

Guillermo E. Tamez
Guillermo E. Tamez, 62, of 109 Hill Crest Drive in Campbellsville, was charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12.
Bond was set at $20,000 cash. He was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, Tamez could be sentenced to as much as 60 years in prison.

James E. Hodge
James E. Hodge, 72, of 3739 Bengal Road in Campbellsville, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Bond was set at $12,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, Hodge could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

Also Indicted:
• Robert T. Moore, 22, of 710 High Pine St. #9, in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a victim younger than 12.
Bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000. He was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, Moore could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.
According to Moore’s arrest warrant, he allegedly struck a 3-year-old boy on his behind with a clothes hanger. The boy was injured and bruised as a result, court records state.
• Mickey D. Watson, 34, of 1629 E. Broadway in Campbellsville, was charged in three separate indictments with first-degree selling less than 4 grams of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug supplies, nine counts of possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, intimidating a participant in a legal process and being a second- and two counts of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond in all three cases was set at $10,000 cash. He was ordered to not have any firearms or contact with witnesses. If convicted in all three cases, Watson could be sentenced to as much as 80 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.
• Derek Harmon, 28, of 1852 Old Hodgenville Road in Campbellsville, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug supplies.
Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. If convicted, Harmon could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
• Bronte Karr, 22, and Jeffrey Karr, 58, both of 98 Greenbriar Manor in Campbellsville, were charged with attempt to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. Jeffrey Karr was also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond for the Karrs was set at $2,000 cash and they were ordered to not consume any drugs or have contact with each other. If convicted, the Karrs could each be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence Jeffrey Karr might receive.
• Kristi L. Ray, 24, Alicia L. Ray, 27, and Charles W. Hicks, 32, all of 2272 Long Branch Road in Campbellsville, were charged with first-degree robbery.
The Rays were also charged with tampering with physical evidence, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. Hicks was also charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of drug supplies.
Bond for the Rays was set at $20,000 cash each. Bond for Hicks was set at $15,000 cash. The three were ordered to not have contact with Minit Mart, their alleged victims or have any weapons. The Rays were also ordered to not consume any alcohol or illegal drugs.
If convicted, the Rays could be sentenced to as much as 40 years in prison. Hicks could be sentenced to as much as 30.
According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers received a report of a robbery at Minit Mart store on July 20 at 11:07 p.m.
Campbellsville Police officers and Taylor County Sheriff’s deputies responded, according to the report, and found a vehicle allegedly involved in the robbery on Bear Track Road.
Records state that the three arrested had two small children with them in the vehicle while they were allegedly committing the robbery.
• Laquita Jacobs, 27, was charged in two separate indictments with more than $500 but less than $10,000 in fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree robbery.
Bond in one case was set at $20,000 and at $500 in the other. Jacobs was ordered to not have contact with her alleged victim and to report to pretrial services staff and submit to random drug tests. If convicted in both cases, Jacobs could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.
• Jason B. Lee, 27, of 820 Wade Lane in Campbellsville, was charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.
Bond was set at $15,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, Lee could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.
• Tyler S. Marples, 31, of 77 Anna Court in Campbellsville, was charged with third-degree burglary and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond was set at $2,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim or the victim’s property. If convicted, Marples 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.
• Amanda G. Gabehart, 30, and Carl L. Gabehart, 30, both of 295 Shofner Road in Campbellsville, were charged with receiving less than $10,000 in stolen property.
Bond for the Gabeharts was set at 10 percent of $5,000. They were ordered to not have contact with their alleged victim. If convicted, the two could each be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
• James K. Woodward, 57, and Mickey A. McFall, 50, both of 9339 Old Lebanon Road in Campbellsville, were charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Bond for both defendants was set at $10,000 cash and they were ordered to not have any firearms. If convicted, the two could each be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.
• Michael P. Bright, 32, of 1211 Gardner St. in Campbellsville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500 and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Bond was set at $500 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim.
If convicted, Bright 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.
• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.