Woman gets 8 years for abusing child

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By Calen McKinney

A Greensburg woman accused of sodomizing and sexually abusing a child has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison for her crimes.

Reba Regina Cox, 32, of 1495 Bluff Boom Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for sentencing.

Cox avoided facing a jury by pleading guilty to second-degree sodomy and six counts of first-degree sex abuse the day before her trial was set to begin in November.

Cox was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and undergo HIV testing.

According to the indictment against Cox, she was accused of having sexual contact with an individual younger than age 12 in 2004. Cox was originally charged with first-degree sodomy, though that was amended in the plea agreement.

Court records state that Cox was accused of touching the victim inappropriately, forcing the victim to touch her and threatening consequences if the victim told anyone what had happened.

Court records include a statement from Cox in which she denies the accusations.

Cox is to serve her sentence at the same time as a sentence she is currently serving.

If convicted by a jury on the original charges, Cox could have been sentenced to as much as life in prison.

Also on George's docket:

- Mohammed Aljazeily, 45, c/o Cornerstone Travel Plaza of 1200 New Columbia Road in Campbellsville completed the terms of his diversion and had a theft charge against him dismissed.

In February 2006, Aljazeily entered an Alford plea to theft by deception more than $300.

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 way as a guilty plea.

According to court records, Aljazeily allegedly wrote a $21,341.08 check to Chevron Elite Petroleum Inc. for fuel, knowing it would not be honored.

At that time, Aljazeily was granted a two-year pretrial diversion and ordered to pay $11,341.08 in restitution.

Prosecutors made a motion to revoke Aljazeily's diversion in December 2007 for failure to pay restitution. However, court records include receipts for payments he made in January.

Court records also list his address as 35 Kennedy Ave. in Bardstown and 211 Montgomery Lane in Willisburg.

- Shafter Jeffery Couch, 25, of 1356 Old Mac Road in Campbellsville was sentenced to five years' probation on burglary and other charges.

In November 2007, Couch pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and receiving more than $300 in stolen property. Charges of second-degree burglary and being a second-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed.

Couch was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Court records also list his address as 411 Taylor Chapel Road in Campbellsville.

- Justin Ryan Pearlman, 33, of 518 Wade Lane in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking more than $300.

The prosecutor has recommended that Pearlman be sentenced to five years' probation and provide testimony against co-defendant Howard W. Gribbins III aka Jody Gribbins, 30, of Lebanon if necessary. Gribbins is expected to appear in Taylor Circuit Court on March 4.

Formal sentencing for Pearlman is set for Feb. 5.

- Charles Douglas Whitley, 37, of 10051 Saloma Road in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree fleeing or evading police and fourth-degree assault. A second-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed.

Whitley was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to attend an in-house drug treatment program for no less than six months.

Court records also list his address as 282 Wooleyville Road in Campbellsville.

-Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com.