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Man pleads guilty to sex-related charges

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man entered a guilty plea on two sex-related charges but under the stipulation that he suffered from a mental illness.

John Moorhatch, 57, of Louisville, entered guilty pleas on the charges of sodomy and sexual abuse.

Under the plea agreement reached between prosecutor Nick Raley and defense attorney Josephine Buckner, Moorhatch would serve 10 years for the sodomy and another two years for the sexual abuse.

Raley said he would oppose probation on the 12-year sentence.

Moorhatch would also be assigned to a lifelong membership on the sex offender registry.

In speaking with the investigators and the family of the victim, who was nine years of age at the time of the abuse in 2008, Raley said all agreed with the plea offer.

Prior to the Aug. 25 final sentencing, Moorhatch would have to undergo a sex offender evaluation.

In other recent court action:

*Steven D. Ebert entered a guilty plea on the charge of unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine pre-cursor.

Ebert, 41, of Louisville, received a three-year sentence; however, the commonwealth agreed to place Ebert on five years of pre-trial diversion.

The incident occurred on June 22, 2010.

Final sentencing has been set for July 5.

*Charles Anthony Ward entered a guilty plea on an amended charge of attempted unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine pre-cursor.

This became a misdemeanor by assistant commonwealth attorney Mike Ferguson recommended 12 months in jail with that sentence being conditionally discharged for two years. Ward, 24, of Shepherdsville, would have to pay a $500 fine.

The incident occurred in January 2011.

*Daniel Taylor entered a guilty plea on the charge of unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor.

His one-year sentence would be diverted for five years. He served 15 days in the county jail on weekends, must complete 100 hours of community service and obtain his GED.

*Eric Marshall entered a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance.

His five-year sentence would be diverted for that period of time.

He would also be required to perform 100 hours of community service.

*Angela Marie Cooper entered a plea to theft by deception under $10,000.

She would have a 12-month term conditionally discharged for two years.