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Man indicted for improper sexual contact with juvenile

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Bullitt County man is facing serious charges alleging improper sexual contact with a relative.

Timothy W. Smith Jr. has been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on charges dating back to May 2004.

According to the indictment, Smith engaged in sexual contact with a female who was less than 12 years of age from May 3, 2004, through May 2, 2005.

A second charge of sexual abuse allegedly involved a female from May 3, 2005, through Feb. 19, 2007.

Smith is also facing a single count of sodomy for having deviate sexual intercourse by force from May 3, 2005, through Feb. 19, 2007.

The final charge is incest.

The most serious charges are Class B felonies, which are punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

Det. Terry Whittaker of the Kentucky State Police investigated the case.

In other indictments:

*Joseph Wayne Vittitow - charged with criminal attempt to commit rape and intimidating a participant in a legal process.

The indictment alleges that on March 25, 2011, Vittitow, 37, of Shepherdsville, allegedly tried to force a woman to have sexual intercourse.

And then he attempted to influence her testimony.

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

Shepherdsville officer Rocco Besednjak investigated the case.

*Brian J. Duvall - charged with seven counts of wanton endangerment.

According to the indictment, Duvall operated his vehicle on Jan. 30, 2011, in a manner in which he endangered the lives of seven other individuals, including passengers in his own vehicle.

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

Shepherdsville officer Tim Wade investigated the case.

*Tiffany N. Peterson - charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

According to the indictment, Peterson tried to pass forged checks on another person’s account in November-December 2010 in the amount of $415.35.

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

Mount Washington police officer Michael Huffman investigated the case.

*Richard L. Clark - charged with burglary and being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment alleges that on March 31, 2011, Clark entered Tammy Sue’s Total Hair Care Salon with the intent to commit a crime.

The Class D felony could be enhanced due to a pair of past felonies, including a bank robbery in 1999.

Hillview police officer Scott Creason investigated the case.

*Justin K. Huston - charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500.

In the indictment, Huston allegedly took control of property valued at over $500 in January-February 2011.

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

Det. Mike Murdoch of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department investigated.

*Matthew Wayne Kinney, 21, of Brooks, and Amanda G. Maraman - charged with two counts of complicity to burglary and two counts of complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500.

Maraman is also indicted for two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of burglary.

The indictment alleges that the pair took control over property valued at over $500. All the charges are Class D felonies.

Det. Tim Waters and Murdoch joined with Shepherdsville police officer Jonathon Smith to investigate the case.

*Ronald C. Burns - charged with sexual abuse.

According to the indictment, the allegations came on March 7, 2011, when Burns allegedly force another individual to have sexual relations.

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

Huffman investigated the case.

*James T. Cross - charged with forgery, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment alleges that on April 3, 2011, Cross allegedly signed a credit or debit charge receipt of another individual. And then he allegedly tried to destroy the evidence.

The Class D felonies could be enhanced with two felony convictions in Jefferson County.

Shepherdsville police officer Rocco Besednjak investigated the case.

*Michael D. Beighley and Brittany Cahill - charged with complicity to theft by deception under $10,000.

The pair allegedly took property belonging to Turnpike Liquors.

These are Class D felonies.

*Christopher D. Montgomery - charged with receiving stolen property. 

The indictment alleges that on April 1, 2011, he took control over property belonging to Hot Deals on Wheels.

This is a Class D felony investigated by Bullitt County sheriff’s deputy Dale Pressley.

*James D. Worner - charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

The indictment alleges that he broke into a building on July 19, 2010, and took control over property over $500.

He also allegedly involved two minors in the crimes.

*David R. Damron - charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that Damron had a firearm on April 4, 2011, while being convicted of a felony.

Sheriff’s deputy Billy Allen investigated the case.

*James L. Blessitt, Patrick McCumber, Matthew R. Harrison Sr., Wayne Horlander and James Leslie Riggs - all charged with flagrant non-support.

The indictments allege that they all fell more than $1,000 behind in child support payments.

These are Class D felonies.

McCumber is also facing a charge of being a persistent felony offender and that could enhance his sentence.

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.