Man accused of abusing child sentenced to probation

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By Calen McKinney

The Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing a young child has pleaded guilty to an amended charge and sentenced to probation. He was also ordered to receive treatment.

Randall Brian Franklin, 44, of 166 E. Martin Road in Campbellsville, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in February and charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

He appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on July 18 and pleaded guilty to an amended count of first-degree wanton endangerment. The remaining charges were dismissed.

Records from Franklin's appearance weren't filed into court records at the Taylor Circuit Court Clerk's office until Sept. 30.

Franklin was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to not have contact with his victim. He was also ordered to stay out of Taylor County, as long as he isn't visiting family, and to attend sex offender treatment.

According to the indictment, Franklin subjected someone younger than 16 to sexual contact on three occasions between July 5, 2007, and October 2008. Campbellsville Police Lt. Patricia Thompson investigated.

Franklin was originally charged with similar crimes in March 2011, but indicted again this year after additional discovery was found in the case.

Thompson said in 2011 that Franklin inappropriately touched a child on three occasions, once before her 12th birthday and two times after.

She said the alleged victim told a family member about the incidents and that person contacted police.

Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller prosecuted the case against Franklin. Local attorney Jeremy Wood represented Franklin. Miller did not return a request for comment before press time.

Wood said the resolution in the case was negotiated and all parties involved agreed to it. He said he prefers that charges against his clients be dismissed, but considering the factors in the case, he believes the resolution isn't inappropriate.

If convicted by a jury, Franklin could have been sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could have increased any sentence he might receive.