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Woman pleads guilty before trial begins

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By Calen McKinney

A Greensburg woman avoided facing a jury by pleading guilty to sodomy and sex abuse charges the day before her trial was set to begin.

Reba Regina Cox, 32, of 1495 Bluffboom Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday. She pleaded guilty to second-degree sodomy and six counts of first-degree sex abuse.

Court records state the prosecutor in the case, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller, has recommended that Cox be sentenced to eight years in prison to be served at the same time as a sentence she is currently serving.

Miller also recommended that Cox have no contact with the victim until further court orders are entered. Miller could not be reached for comment before press time.

According to the indictment, Cox 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.

Formal sentencing is set for Jan. 8.

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

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