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Foster parent gets probation in sex abuse case

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Must stay away from children, cannot be foster parent again

By Calen McKinney

 

The Campbellsville foster parent charged with nearly 200 counts of a sex-related crime has been sentenced to probation and can’t be a foster parent ever again.

Gary Wayne Foster, 64, of 1167 Lone Valley Road, was indicted in March 2011 by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with 72 counts of having unlawful sex with someone who was older than 12 but younger than 18 at the time and 121 counts of having unlawful sex with someone older than 18.

According to the indictment, Foster committed the crimes from Jan. 1. 1992, to Dec. 18, 2009.

Foster appeared in Taylor Circuit Court before Judge Allen Bertram on Tuesday, March 20, with his attorney, Brenda Popplewell of Somerset, and pleaded guilty to one count of having unlawful sex with someone older than 18. The remaining charges were dismissed.

According to court records, the victim in the case said she wanted the charges to be dismissed and that the sexual contact between her and Foster only happened once after she turned 18.

On July 24, Bertram sentenced Foster to five years’ probation and ordered him to register as a sex offender for 20 years.

Foster’s sentencing paperwork wasn’t filed at the Taylor Circuit Clerk’s office until Sept. 25.

Foster was also ordered to serve 30 days in jail, to which he was given credit for having already served four days, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

According to Foster’s sentencing paperwork, he was also ordered to no longer serve as a foster parent and to not have contact with anyone younger than 18, with the exception being his sons.

Foster was also ordered to not consume alcohol or have contact with his victim. He was ordered to attend sex offender treatment. The prosecutor in the case, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller, said she is pleased with the disposition of Foster’s case.

“Based on the medical condition of the defendant, lack of criminal history and in conjunction with the level of cooperation and wishes of the victim, the commonwealth believes it is an appropriate sentence,” she said.

Popplewell did not return a phone call to comment on Foster’s sentencing before press time.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Andy Olson investigated the case against Foster.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory said in March 2011 that Foster was a foster parent who worked with special needs children.

A Hope International newsletter written in 2005 contains a column written by a man named Gary Foster. In the column, Foster states that he had been a Bible worker at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Campbellsville and that he and his wife had adopted five children. The address listed for the Seventh Day Adventist Church Reform

Movement is the same as Foster’s Lone Valley Road home.

The charges against Foster that involved the younger victim were Class B felonies, each punishable by as much as 20 years in prison. The other charges are Class C felonies, punishable by as much as 10 years in prison each.

If convicted by a jury, Foster faced as much as life in prison.