Man accused of abusing 7-year-old boy

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A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with abusing a 7-year-old boy.

Richard D. Peksa, 31, of 502 Crescent Hill Manor, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5:13 p.m.

According to Peksa's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a call reporting a child at Campbellsville Elementary School had bruises on his face and neck.

Court records state that upon contact with the child, Campbellsville Police Officer Ryan Jewell saw what appeared to be bruises on the right side of his face, strangulation marks on his neck and bruises on his lips.

The child told Jewell, court records state, that Peksa struck him in the face. The boy said he thought his neck was broken.

Records state that Peksa told Jewell he spanked the boy but didn't punch him.

Peksa was charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child younger than 12. The charge is a Class C felony, punishable by as much as 10 years in prison.

Peksa pleaded not guilty to the charge in Taylor District Court on Monday, March 4.

He was appointed a public defender and bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000. He was ordered to not have contact with the boy or the boy's home.

Peksa is expected to appear in court again on Wednesday.