Sparks enters plea on six counts of rape

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man has entered an Alford plea on six counts of rape.

Rodney Allen Sparks, 45, of Shepherdsville, entered a plea recently to a 14-year sentence on the various counts.

Commonwealth Attorney Michael Mann said he would object to any probation or alternative sentence.

However, because of the violent nature of the crime, Sparks would not be eligible and must serve 85 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole.

Under the Alford plea, Sparks said he maintained his innocence but understood there was enough evidence that a jury could convict him of the crimes.

Defense attorney Kristin Perdue said her client admitted to the intercourse but denied that it was forced.

Sparks was indicted in June 2009.

According to the indictment, Sparks allegedly forced a victim to have sex on six occasions between June 2008 and May 2009.

A charge of sodomy was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Under the Class B felonies, Sparks could have received a sentence of 10-20 years on each count.

The case was investigated by Det. Mark Riley of the Shepherdsville Police Department.

Before final sentencing on April 28, Sparks will undergo a sex offender evaluation.

He is currently being housed in the Bullitt County Detention Center.