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Man faces sexual allegations against minor girls

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By Thomas Barr

  SHEPHERDSVILLE – A man has been indicted on sexual allegations during a recent term of the Bullitt County Grand Jury.

At least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to indict David Harkins, 37, of Shepherdsville.

Harkins was indicted for four counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, three counts of use of minor under the age of 16 in sexual performance and three counts of sexual abuse.

The most serious allegation is a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

The indictment alleges that the conduct had occurred from July 2012 through Jan. 21, 2013.

According to a police report obtained by The Pioneer News through an open records request, the incidents occurred when several minor girls would be staying at an apartment in Shepherdsville.

The report said that games were played and the suspect was involved with the girls.

Harkins was arrested on a warrant from Texas, where he was also facing similar charges.

His trial date in Bullitt Circuit Court has been set for June 6.

Det. Steven Clark worked the case for Shepherdsville Police.

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

Others indicted by the past grand jury include:

*Carl D. Jewell Jr. ? charged with burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $500.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 28, 2012, Jewell entered a home while armed with a deadly weapon.

He allegedly took items valued at over $500 from the residence.

The most serious charge is a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

Shepherdsville officer Josh Bratcher investigated the case.

*Antwan D. Jones and Keenan M. Blevins ? both indicted for complicity to burglary, complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, complicity to criminal mischief and complicity to theft of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on Jan. 7, 2013, the pair went into a home armed with a deadly weapon. While there, they took items, including controlled substances, and did damage to the property of over $1,000.

The most serious charge is a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

Det. Lynn Hunt of the Bullitt County Sheriff?s Office investigated the case.

*Shawn T. Mitchell ? charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and theft by unlawful taking of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that between Dec. 12-13, 2012, Mitchell went into a home while in possession of a deadly weapon.

While there, he allegedly took a firearm and property valued at over $500.

The most serious offense is a Class B felony, punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

Det. Todd Sweeney of the Bullitt County Sheriff?s Office investigated.

*Chaqualin L. Jackson ? charged with assault.

According to the indictment, Jackson allegedly tried to cause serious injury to another individual on Dec. 2, 2012.

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

*Brandon Cornell ? charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and criminal mischief.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 9, 2012, Cornell took control of property valued at over $10,000 from another individual.

He also alleged caused more than $1,000 in damage to property of several individuals.

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

*Rachel Dunbar ? charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.

The indictment alleges that between December 2011 and Nov. 6, 2012, that Dunbar took property from Amazon.com valued at over $10,000.

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

Shepherdsville officer Jason Ellison investigated the case.

*Wade A. Holt ? charged with complicity to receiving stolen firearm.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 4, 2012, Holt had in his possession of fireman that had been stolen.

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

Hunt was the investigating officer.

*David Dawson ? charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000.

The indictment alleges that on Nov. 20, 2012, Dawson had property belonging to H&M Trailer Sales valued at under $10,000.

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

Deputy Ken Russell of the Bullitt County Sheriff?s Office investigated.

*Jerome A. Sisk ? charged with theft by unlawful taking under $10,000.

The indictment alleges that on Nov. 11, 2012, Sisk took items from Amazon.com

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

Jeremy Schmidt of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated.

*Melanie Hale ? charged with theft by unlawful taking under $10,000.

According to the indictment, Hale had property on Oct. 31, 2012, that belonged to another individual.

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

*April Johnson ? charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

According to the indictment, Johnson allegedly forged a check for $250 on Dec. 22, 2012.

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

Jason Ellison of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated.

*George M. Gibson Jr. and Robert L. Montgomery Jr. ? both charged with flagrant non-support.

The indictment alleges that both men fell more than $1,000 behind in child support payments.

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

Indictments do not mean guilt or innocence. They only mean that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to continue with a criminal trial.