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Local man to serve nine years in prison for sex crimes

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By Calen McKinney

 

The Campbellsville man who raped two juveniles has been sentenced to serve nine years in prison for his crimes.

Kenneth Lee Coulter Sr., 53, of 513 Walling Ave., was indicted in September 2012 and charged with two counts each of first-degree rape and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

He appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on May 14 and pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree rape and the two counts of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

In exchange for his plea, the prosecutor in the case, Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller, recommended that Coulter be sentenced to serve nine years in prison, pay a $1,000 fine, register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and attend sex offender treatment.

Court records state that the recommendation was based on Coulter having committed his crimes against two victims.

Coulter appeared before Bertram on Aug. 6 for sentencing. Records from that hearing weren't filed at the Taylor Circuit Court Clerk's office until Sept. 27.

Coulter was sentenced to serve five years in prison on the rape and four years on the unlawful transaction charges, to be completed after each other. He was given credit for the time he has already served.

Taylor County Detention Center records state that Coulter has been incarcerated there since Sept. 13, 2012.

Coulter will register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, beginning when he is released from prison, and attend treatment.

According to the indictment against Coulter, he forced two juveniles to have sex with him on June 16, 2012, and allowed the juveniles to use marijuana. Kentucky State Police investigated the case.

Public defender Shanda West-Stiles of the Department of Public Advocacy in Columbia represented Coulter. Neither she nor Miller returned requests for comment before press time.

If convicted by a jury, Coulter could have been sentenced to as much as 50 years in prison.

Court records also list Coulter's address as 138 W. Blue Hole Road in Campbellsville.