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Grand jury indicts six

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By Calen McKinney

 

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Two Campbellsville men have been charged with sexually abusing young girls, one for the second time this year.

David L. Taylor, 53, of 408 Walling St. and Scott Anthony Hoosier, 29, of 124 Wickliffe Ave., were indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last Tuesday.

Taylor was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12 and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Taylor allegedly subjected a girl younger than 12 to sexual contact earlier this year.

Bond was set at $35,000 cash. If convicted, Taylor could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

This is the second time this year that Taylor has been charged with committing a sex crime.

In August, he was indicted along with Joyce Sherrill, also of 408 Walling St. In that case, 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. If convicted of those charges, Taylor could be sentenced to as much as 150 years in prison.

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. If convicted, she could be sentenced to as much as 105 years in prison.

In another indictment handed down in August, Taylor was charged with failure to comply with the terms of his sex offender registration and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. If convicted of those charges, he could be sentenced to as much as five 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.

Taylor’s arrest citation states that Sherrill 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. 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.

In his August cases, Taylor is scheduled to appear in Taylor Circuit Court on Dec. 13 for a mediation hearing, and then on Dec. 17 for a pretrial hearing. Sherrill is scheduled to appear on Jan. 7.

Taylor is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 4 for a hearing about the crimes he was charged with last week.

Scott Hoosier

Scott Anthony Hoosier was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12.

According to the indictment, he allegedly subjected a girl who is younger than 12 to sexual contact earlier this year.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000 and Hoosier was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

Also Indicted:

• Ronnie D. Meadows, 38, of 624 Quincy Dobson Road in Summersville, was charged with DUI, his fourth offense, driving on a license suspended or revoked for DUI, having no/expired registration plates and receipt, possession of drug supplies, having a controlled substance prescription not in its original container, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to wear seat belts and failure to notify address change to the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

Bond was set at $15,000 cash and Meadows was ordered to not consume any drugs or alcohol. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Joshua L. Skaggs, 30, of 52 Capps Road in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree burglary.

Bond was set at $20,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with the complaining witness. If convicted, Skaggs could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

• Latonya E. King, 43, of 312 Pitman Ave. in Campbellsville, was charged with identity theft.

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

• Brandon Shofner, 22, of 731 Campton School Road in Greensburg, was charged with two counts of receiving more than $500 in stolen property.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $7,500 and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim or where the allegedly incident occurred. If convicted, Shofner could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

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