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Resident sentenced to probation in sex abuse case

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By Calen McKinney

 

A Campbellsville man who sexually abused a young girl has been sentenced to probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

James Richard Ladue, 52, of 39 Cheryl Drive, was indicted twice by a Taylor County grand jury last year. He was charged in separate cases with committing welfare fraud and first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12.

Ladue appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on June 1 and pleaded guilty to fraud and an amended charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

On Oct. 9, Ladue was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $3,415 in restitution and serve 365 days in jail. He was to be given credit for time he has already served and report to serve the remainder of his sentence on Nov. 9.

After his release from jail, Ladue will be required to register as a sex offender for 20 years.

Taylor County Detention Center records show that he was booked on Nov. 9 and remained incarcerated there at press time.

Records from Ladue's hearings in June and October weren't filed at the Taylor Circuit Court Clerk's office until late November.

According to court records, Ladue allegedly touched a young girl's breasts and genitals while at a home in Taylor County on Aug. 13, 2011. He denied the accusations in an interview with law enforcement officials.

In the other case, Ladue allegedly made false statements to become eligible for welfare benefits.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller prosecuted the case against Ladue.

"The commonwealth and the victim's family consulted at great length about this resolution," she said.

Public defender C.B. Bates of the Department of Public Advocacy in Columbia represented him. Bates did not return a request for comment before press time.

If convicted by a jury in both of his cases, Ladue could have been sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.