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Resident pleads guilty to sexual abuse

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By Calen McKinney

 

A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and sodomizing a young girl and could serve a decade in prison for his crimes.

In January, Justin David Dubiel, 31, of 120 Sunset Drive, was indicted and charged with first-degree sodomy, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12.

He appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on June 10 and entered an Alford plea to the sodomy and one of the sexual abuse charges. Records from the appearance were filed at the Taylor Circuit Court Clerk's Office on Aug. 13.

With an Alford plea, a defendant recognizes that the court has enough evidence to convict, though the defendant maintains his innocence. The court treats an Alford plea the same as a guilty plea.

The unlawful transaction and remaining sexual abuse charge were dismissed.

The prosecutor in the case, Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller, has recommended that Dubiel be sentenced to serve 10 years in prison and be ordered to register as a sex offender and attend sex offender treatment.

According to Dubiel's arrest citation, a 10-year-old girl told police he had given her alcohol to drink last Dec. 21 and ordered her to get into his bed.

The girl told Campbellsville Police Officer Bart Gilpin that Dubiel allegedly touched her genitals.

Glasgow attorney Kathryn Thomas represented Dubiel. She didn't return a phone call before press time to comment on the case.

Miller did not return a request for comment, though she typically doesn't, citing a policy that she doesn't comment before a defendant is sentenced.

Formal sentencing in Dubiel's case was set for Aug. 20.

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