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Local man to serve a year in prison for sex crimes

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By Calen McKinney

 

The Campbellsville man who sexually abused a young girl has been sentenced to probation and ordered to serve a year in prison for his crimes.

He will also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Kenneth Lee Coulter Jr., 34, of 138 W. Blue Hole Road, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in September 2012 and charged with 12 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12 and two counts of first-degree sodomy.

Coulter appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Alan Bertram on May 2. Records state that Coulter's case was settled during a mediation conference.

During that conference, the sodomy and 10 counts of the sexual abuse charge were dismissed and, in exchange, Coulter pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12.

Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller, the prosecutor in the case, recommended that Coulter be sentenced to eight years' probation, ordered to serve 365 days in prison and be required to register as a sex offender and attend sex offender treatment. She also recommended that Coulter be ordered to not have contact with his victim or the victim's family.

Coulter appeared before Bertram on July 9 for sentencing. Records from that appearance weren't entered into court records until Sept. 27.

Coulter was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to serve 365 days in prison as an alternative sentence. Records state that Coulter's prison term will end no later than next July 1, regardless of how many days he has served.

Taylor County Detention Center records state that he has been incarcerated there since Sept. 14, 2012.

He will be required to register as a sex offender once he is released and was ordered to attend treatment.

According to the indictment, Coulter sexually abused and sodomized a girl who was younger than 12 at the time between June 2010 and July 2012.

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

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