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Resident accused of sexually abusing child

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By Calen McKinney

A Campbellsville man has been charged with sexually abusing a child.

Randall B. Franklin, 44, of 166 E. Martin Road, was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

Franklin was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Franklin allegedly subjected someone younger than 16 to sexual contact on three occasions between July 5, 2007, and October 2008.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $50,000 and he was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victim.

If convicted, Franklin 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.

According to court records, the indictment stems from additional discovery found in another case against Franklin.

In March 2011, Franklin was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, he allegedly committed the crimes between July and September 2008.

Campbellsville Police Lt. Patricia Thompson is investigating both cases.

In 2011, Thompson said Franklin was accused of inappropriately touching 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.

Bond in the case was set at $100,000 cash. If convicted of those charges, he could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive in that case.

In that case, Franklin is scheduled to next appear in Taylor Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

In the most recent case, Franklin is scheduled to appear April 9, though he could be arraigned on the charges during his appearance Feb. 19.

At press time, Franklin hadn't yet been arrested on his newest charges.

Also Indicted:

• Amber K. Walls, 21, of 106 Hill View Terrace, Apt. 7, and Harley L. Fisher, 19, of 413 N. Depot St., both in Greensburg, were charged with first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree assault and first-degree criminal mischief.

The charges stem from a Jan. 10 incident. According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies received a complaint of two people forcing their way into a Bass Ridge Road home at about 11:30 p.m.

Deputies arrived at the scene and found a man had been assaulted. He was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment of head injuries. Witnesses identified Fisher and Amber Walls as the two who allegedly broke into the home.

Bond for Walls and Fisher was set at $20,000 cash each. If convicted, the two could be sentenced to as much as 50 years in prison.

In a separate indictment, Fisher was also charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief stemming from a separate incident.

Bond in that case was set at 10 percent of $15,000. If convicted in that case, Fisher could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

• David G. Bridgewater, 29, of 2453 Green River Road #13 in Henderson, was charged with second-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $250 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victim. He was also ordered to abide by a curfew and stay at home unless going to work, church or a doctor's appointment.

If convicted, Bridgewater 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.

• Clement W. Ritchie, 33, of 104 Ridgecrest Drive in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree possession of cocaine, first-degree possession of heroin, possession of a drug supplies and second-degree wanton endangerment.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. If convicted, Ritchie could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

• Jeffrey D. Karr, 58, of 341 Beechwood Drive in Campbellsville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500 and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash. If convicted, Karr 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.