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Man pleads guilty to sex offenses

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man could spend the next 20 years in prison and he will definitely be a lifetime member of the sex offender registry in Kentucky.

David Harkins, 38, entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Bullitt Circuit Court for his sexual involvement with three victims under the age of 12.

Harkins admitted his guilt to the following charges:

*possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor

*three counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance under the age of 16

*three counts of sexual abuse with a victim under the age of 12

The most serious crimes were the three counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance. Each carried a sentence of 20 years in prison.

Commonwealth attorney Michael Mann said that the alleged offenses occurred from July 2012 through Jan. 21, 2013, as listed in the grand jury indictments.

The sentences would run concurrent for a total of 20 years. Due to the nature of the offenses, Mann said that Harkins was not eligible for probation.

Due to the violent nature of the crime, Mann said the defendant would not be eligible for parole consideration until 85 percent of his prison sentence had been served.

When he is released, he would then be under five years of conditional discharge.

And he would have to be a lifetime member of the sex offender registry.

Mann told circuit judge Rodney Burress that he had talked with the victims’ families about the plea agreement.

Harkins, a resident of Shepherdsville prior to his incarceration awaiting trial, admitted to the offenses during the plea agreement.

Final sentencing is set for June 11. Prior to that, a sex offender report must be conducted.

He remains in the Bullitt County Detention Center.