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Local man charged with sodomy, sexual abuse

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Grand jury charges eight with various crimes.

By Calen McKinney

 

A Taylor County grand jury has charged a Monticello man with sodomizing and sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl.

The grand jury indicted Wesley "Wes" W. Gann, 30, of 54 Victory Drive, on Tuesday on two counts of first-degree sodomy of a child younger than 12 and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

According to Gann's arrest warrant, he allegedly engaged in oral sex with the girl and fondled and digitally penetrated her while a 6-year-old boy watched.

The alleged crimes occurred in Taylor County last June on two separate occasions, according to court records.

Records state that Gann was first arrested on the charges in Ohio and waived extradition to Kentucky.

Campbellsville Police Captain Patricia Thompson investigated.

Bond was set at $250,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victims.

If convicted, Gann could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.

Court records also list Gann's address as 457 Chaney Pike Road in Campbellsville.

Also Indicted:

• Justin "Buddy" C. Downs, 21, of 71 Smith Ridge Road in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree selling more than 10 dosage units of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug supplies.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000 and he was ordered to be monitored and not consume any drugs or alcohol. If convicted, Downs could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

• Ramona G. Burris, 41, of 709 S. Columbia Ave. in Campbellsville, was charged with welfare fraud.

Bond was set at $1,000 cash, non-refundable. If convicted, Burris could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Rhonda M. Burke, 30, of 114 Mill St. in Campbellsville, was charged with welfare fraud.

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

• Shawn D. Underwood, 33, of 600 N. Jackson St. in Campbellsville, was charged with welfare fraud.

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

• Sarah McKinley Baise, 29, of 306 Sharon Drive in Campbellsville, was charged with 41 counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged checks.

According to court records, Baise is accused of illegally accessing someone's bank account between last May 18 and Dec. 16 and making electronic transactions that totaled $4,430.24.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000 and she was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victims. If convicted, Baise could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

• Sedgie R. Daniels Jr., 29, of 415 Pitman Ave. in Campbellsville, was charged in two separate indictments with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and two counts of being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $10,000 in both of Daniels' cases. If convicted in both of them, he could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison. The charges of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

• Justin S. Homeister, 24, of 1031 Everett Ave. and Albert Hoskins, 32, of 2619 W. Main St., both in Louisville, were charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500. Homeister was also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond for Homeister was set at 10 percent of $15,000. Bond for Hoskins was set at 10 percent of $10,000. They were also 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. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence Homeister might receive.

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