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Jail deputy indicted for sex offenses

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By Thomas Barr

SHEPHERDSVILLE - A deputy jailer with the Bullitt County Detention Center has been indicted for sex-related charges.

Steven Allen Plessinger, 41, of Shepherdsville, was indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on five felony counts.

According to the indictments, Plessinger has been charged with sodomy of a victim who was less than 12 years of age. The alleged incident occurred between September 2006 and Sept. 12, 2007.

This is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

He is also facing charges of sodomy in the second degree, sexual abuse (two counts) and incest.

If given the maximum sentence in each case, Plessinger could face 65 years to life in prison.

Plessinger was arrested on Feb. 21 after his shift as a deputy jailer at the Bullitt County correctional facility.

According to Sgt. Mike Murdoch of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, he received a call from Child Protective Services relating to information they received from a teenage female.

They were told that Plessinger allegedly had sexual contact with a female between the ages of 11-13.

Plessinger initially denied the allegations but Murdoch said the deputy jailer confessed to the offenses.

The detective said that there was no allegations of intercourse but there was inappropriate and deviate sexual contact.

The matter would now be turned over to the Bullitt County Grand Jury for consideration.

From his investigation, Murdoch said there is no evidence that any of the actions occurred in the detention center. And he felt it was an isolated victim and did not believe others would be involved.

Currently, Plessinger is being held on a $100,000 cash bond at the Bullitt County Detention Center, where he is being held separate from the rest of the jail population. He has been suspended without pay.