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Men indicted on separate sex-related allegations

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two men have been indicted on sex-related charges that could land them in prison for 20 years to life.

    The Bullitt County Grand Jury recently indicted John Preston Moorhatch, 56.

    According to the indictment, Moorhatch, 56, of Shepherdsville, was charged with sodomy and sexual abuse.

    The most serious crime is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

    The charges allege that between October 2008 and January 2009, the defendant had deviate sexual intercourse with a minor less than 12 years of age.

    The sexual abuse charge against the same individual is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years.

    Det. Jeremy Meyer of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated.

    Richard Hopper was also indicted on the charge of sodomy, sexual abuse and incest.

    According to the indictment, Hopper allegedly had deviate sexual intercourse on at least two occasions from 2002 through Feb. 21, 2007.

    Two counts were issued on each of the charges.

    The most serious charge is the sodomy.

    Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

    In other indictments:

    *Batavia A. Taylor - charged with assault and a violation of a domestic violence order.

    According to the indictment, Taylor allegedly cut a man with a knife on March 15, 2010. This is a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

    Deputy Brian Hedges of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department investigated.

    *Darrell Cochran - charged with complicity to robbery, complicity to burglary, complicity to assault and complicity to wanton endangerment.

    The allegations stem from a Dec. 5, 2009, encounter where the defendant robbed a man and woman while carrying a deadly weapon and threatening to use the weapon.

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

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

    *Eric D. Jackson - charged with solicitation to commit robbery.

    The indictment alleges that Jackson commanded or encouraged another individual to commit a robbery on Dec. 5,2009.

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

    Cook also investigated this case.

    *Gary Huesman - charged with two counts of sexual abuse.

    According to the indictment, he allegedly had sexual contact with females less than 12 years of age on two different occasions. One was during the year of 2007 and the other was from 1999 through 2001.

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

    Det. Buddy Stump of the Mount Washington Police Department investigated.

    *Joseph L. Rollman Jr. - charged with burglary and assault, as well as several misdemeanors.

    The indictment alleges that on April 4, 2010, Rollman entered a home with the intent to commit a crime. While there, he caused physical injury to Mount Washington police officer Steve Cox.

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

    Cox was the investigating officer.

    *Donnie Lee McNear - charged with assault and being a persistent felony offender.

    The indictment alleges that on Nov. 24, 2009, McNear, 29, of Louisville, caused serious injury to another individual.

    The Class C felony carries a penalty of 5-10 years in prison.

    However, due to a past felony conviction in 2003 in Jefferson County, that penalty could be enhanced.

    Officer Darren Vires of the Hillview Police Department investigated the case.

    *Gary Ray Tompkins - charged with burglary and a misdemeanor.

    According to the indictment, Tompkins, 25, of Shepherdsville, allegedly broke into a home on March 10, 2010, with the intent to commit a crime.

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

    McGaha was the investigating officer.

    *William D. Wright, Michael Sallee Jr., and Brittanie O’Neil - each were charged with five counts of complicity to wanton endangerment.

    The indictment alleges that on March 12, 2010, the three individuals engaged in conduct that could have caused death or physical harm to five individuals.

    The Class D felony carries a penalty of 1-5 years in prison.

    Cook was the investigating officer.

    *Daniel J. Miller - charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500.

    The indictment alleges that between April 6 and April 7, 2010, he took control over property valued at over $500 that belonged to another individual.

    Cook investigated the Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

    *James Hammack - charged with criminal mischief and a couple of misdemeanors.

    The indictment alleges that on May 11, 2010, he caused damage valued at over $1,000 to property belonging to another individual.

    This is a Class D felony.

    Deputy Floyd Cook of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department investigated.

    *Timothy A. Miller - charged with tampering with physical evidence and a misdemeanor.

    The indictment said that Miller allegedly destroyed or disposed of evidence on March 18, 2010, that could have been used in an official proceeding.

    This is a Class D felony. Officer Casey Clark of the Mount Washington Police Department investigated.

    *Kevin D. Avis Jr. and Jimmy J. Carter - both charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500, a Class D felony.

    The men allegedly took control over property valued at over $500 belonging to another individual on April 19, 2010.

    Officer Rocco Besednjak of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated.

    *Jason Girts - charged with escape and being a persistent felony offender.

    He allegedly failed to return to the Bullitt County Detention Center from work release on Sept. 23, 2009. This is a Class D felony.

    However, due to a 2006 felony in Bullitt County, that sentence could be enhanced.

    *David Sharp - charged with escape and being a persistent felony offender.

    According to the indictment, Sharp allegedly failed to return to the Bullitt County Detention Center on March 9, 2010, from medical furlough.

    The Class D felony could be enhanced due to a 2008 felony conviction in Jefferson County and a 1986 conviction in Bullitt County.

    *Kimberly M. Newton - charged with custodial interference and a misdemeanor.

    The indictment alleges that on March 2, 2010, she took a juvenile from his parents.

    This is a Class D felony. Officer Larry Moore of the Hillview Police Department investigated.

    *Chad T. Kinser - charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and being a persistent felony offender.

    The indictment alleges that on Feb. 20, 2010, the defendant forged a check on one individual and then took control of property valued at over $500 of another.

    The Class D felony could be enhanced due to a 2006 felony conviction in Logan County and a 2009 conviction in Nelson County.

    Trooper Ryan Johnson of the Kentucky State Police investigated the case.

    *Charles Blanford - charged with retaliating against a participant in a legal process, a Class D felony.

    He allegedly threatened physical harm to a member of the legal system.

    *John Kerger - charged with seven counts of forgery, theft of identity, five counts of theft by deception over $500 and three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card over $100.

    The indictment alleges that Kerger, 33, of Shepherdsville, deposited bad checks into his stepson’s bank account and then posed as his stepson to withdraw the money before it was discovered that the checks were insufficient.

    According to Shepherdsville police, Kerger also allegedly took his stepson’s debit card.

    These are all Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

    Over $4,500 was allegedly taken prior to apprehension.

    Meyer investigated the case.

    *Thomas Belcher, Melissa Burroughs, Thomas Phillips and Charles Blanford - all charged with flagrant non-support.

    This is a Class D felony for falling more than $1,000 behind in child support payments.

    *Ralph Sanders and Rebecca Sanders - each charged with being persistent felony offenders.

    If convicted of other crimes, each could face an enhanced sentence due to prior felony convictions.

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