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Man charged with more than 300 sex crimes

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Four others face indictments from grand jury

By Calen McKinney

 

A Taylor County man originally charged with 100 counts of rape has now been charged with committing more than 300 sex crimes.

Steven Grapevine, 34, of 1034 Stoner Creek Road in Elk Horn, was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

Grapevine was charged in two separate indictments with 312 counts of a sex-related crime, three counts of criminal attempt to commit that same crime and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The indictment states that

Grapevine allegedly sexually abused and raped two teenagers, one for nearly two years.

A Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report states that deputies were told that Grapevine allegedly sexually abused a 15-year-old girl while she was visiting a home in Taylor County.

Two days later, the report states, a 19-year-old female told sheriff’s deputies that, starting when she was 15, Grapevine allegedly raped her once or twice a week for two and a half years.

Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Dickie Benningfield investigated.

After Grapevine’s initial arrest last month, Benningfield said deputies called Grapevine in for questioning after receiving the reports.

During an interview, Benningfield said, Grapevine admitted to some of the acts he is accused of committing.

Grapevine was arrested after that interview.

Grapevine’s arrest citations state that he allegedly exposed himself to one of the girls and touched her breasts.

Court records state that Grapevine admitted verbally and in a written statement to sexually abusing one of the girls and raping the other.

Bond in one of Grapevine’s cases was set at $100,000 cash. In the other, bond was set at $50,000 cash. He was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victims.

If convicted, Grapevine could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison for each of the sex-related crimes and as much as 10 years on the sexual abuse charges.

Also indicted:
• Jay Nicholas Chappel, 29, of Tharp Drive in Campbellsville, was charged in two separate indictments with first-degree selling less than 10 dosage units of a narcotic drug, first-degree selling 10 units of a narcotic drug and two counts of being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond in one case was set at $12,000 and $13,000 in the other. If convicted in both cases, Chappel could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

• Patricia Montgomery, 26, of 2051 Hatcher Road in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree selling 10 dosage units of a narcotic drug.

Bond was set at $15,000 cash and she was ordered to be monitored and not consume any drugs or alcohol. If convicted, Montgomery could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

• Jason K. Yocum, aka Yocom, 30, of 219 Vaughn St. in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree selling less than 10 dosage units of a narcotic drug.

Bond was set at $1,500 cash. If convicted, Yocum could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Justin Kade Shepherd, 31, of 213 Arbor Lane in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $13,000. He was ordered to not consume any drugs or alcohol. If convicted, Shepherd could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

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