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Individuals indicted for criminal allegations

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      SHEPHERDSVILLE - Indictments were recently handed down by the Bullitt County Grand Jury:

     *Troy Bateman - charged with possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

     According to the indictment, Bateman had sexual matter in his possession between July 25, 2012, and Oct. 10, 2012.

     The crime is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

     The attorney general's office investigated the case.

     *Billy J. Johnson - charged with assault.

     The indictment alleges that on Aug. 7, 2012, Johnson intentionally caused physical injury to another individual.

     The crime is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

     Shepherdsville officer Josh Bratcher was the investigating officer.

     *Phillip Jacob - charged with assault and being a persistent felony offender.

     According to the indictment, Jacob intentionally tried to injure another individual on Oct. 25, 2012.

     This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

     However, due to four prior felony convictions, any sentence could be enhanced.

     Det. Mark Riley of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department investigated the case.

     *Cassandra Helm - charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000 and unlawful transaction with a minor.

     The indictment alleges that on Sept. 29, 2012, through Oct. 30, 2012, Helm had in her possession property that was stolen from several Mount Washington businesses.

     This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

     She was also charged with having a minor assist her in the crime.

     Charles Ballard of the Mount Washington Police Department investigated the case.

     *Richard W. Easley - charged with nine counts of complicity to burglary, two counts of complicity to theft by unlawful taking of an auto, two counts of complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500, two counts of complicity to criminal mischief and nine counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

     The indictment alleges that Easley and a minor broke into nine Mount Washington businesses between Sept. 29, 2012, and Oct. 30, 2012.

     While in the businesses, the two individuals took items valued at over $500, including an auto.

     The most serious of the crimes is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

     Ballard was the investigating officer.

     *Ashley N. Owen - charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, forgery and receiving stolen property over $10,000.

     Owen was allegedly part of the same burglary ring that involved Helm and Easley.

     On Sept. 25, 2012, she allegedly wrote a check on another person's account for $200.

     And one Sept. 29, 2012, through Oct. 30, 2012, she had possession of a stolen vehicle and used a minor in the act of the crime.

     The most serious charge is a Class C felony, punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

     Ballard was the investigating officer.

     *Joshua L. Pope - charged with five counts of wanton endangerment and fleeing police.

     The indictment alleges that on Nov. 12, 2012, Pope operated his motor vehicle in a way that placed five individuals, including several law enforcement officials, in danger.

     The most serious crime is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

     Sheriff's Deputy John Fowler investigated the case.

     *Dale J. Bellows - charged with wanton endangerment and fleeing police.

     According to the indictment, Bellows operated his vehicle on Aug. 9, 2012, in a manner which put a sheriff's deputy in danger.

     The most serious crime is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

     Deputy Todd Sweeney investigated the case.

     *Carla J. Franks - charged with failure to report change in order to receive benefits.

     This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

     An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. Instead, it means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.