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Foster sodomy trail set for June 19

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By Franklin Clark

A jury trial for a Campbellsville man who allegedly sodomized a young boy 4-5 years ago has been tentatively set for June.

At a pre-trial conference on Tuesday afternoon, Taylor County Circuit Judge Allan Bertram set a trial date for Monday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m. for Gary W. Foster, 78, who is charged with first-degree sodomy of a victim younger than 12. Foster was indicted on the charge in December 2014. According to the indictment, Foster, a former foster parent, reportedly sodomized the boy between March 2012 and July 2013.

The indictment stated that because he was younger than 12 at the time of the reported acts, the boy wasn’t capable of consenting to them.

The December 2014 indictment isn’t the first time Foster was charged with sex crimes.

He was also indicted in March 2011 on 72 counts of unlawful sex with someone older than 12 but younger than 18, and 121 counts of unlawful sex with someone older than 18. According to that indictment, Foster committed the crimes from Jan. 1, 1992, to Dec. 18, 2009.

A year after the indictment, Foster pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sex with someone older than 18; the other charges were dismissed.

The victim in that case told the court she wanted the charges dismissed, and that the sexual contact only happened once after she turned 18, according to court records. Bertram sentenced Foster to five years on probation in that case and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

He was also ordered to sex offender treatment and barred from contacting the victim or consuming alcohol.

According to online KSP Sex Offender Registry records, Foster is compliant with the terms of his registration.

Foster has since been released from Taylor County Detention Center. His next pre-trial conference is on Tuesday, March 14, at 1 p.m.