The Richmond Register

December 28, 2012

Woman indicted on sex-crime charges in custody

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

MADISON COUNTY — A woman who was indicted Dec. 19 on charges involving the repeated sexual abuse of a child is now in custody.

Deanna Lawson, 32, was booked into the Madison County Detention Center at 2:46 p.m. Friday, according to online jail records.

Her bond is set at $50,000.

Information about Lawson’s arrest was not available as a call to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, Deputy Willard Reardon, was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

A Madison grand jury indicted Lawson and Eric Nelson Kelley, 30, on multiple counts in the case.

Kelley was charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy, and one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Lawson was indicted on four counts of complicity to rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and use of a minor in a sexual performance. She also was indicted on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

Lawson  is accused of complicity for “failing to make an effort to prevent the acts … with the intention of promoting or facilitating those offenses” perpetrated against the child, according to the indictment.

Kentucky law states that complicity to a crime incurs the same penalty as perpetrating the crime.

Another man, Robbie Lynn Uhrin, 58, was charged with first-degree sodomy involving the same child.

Uhrin and Kelley were arrested Nov. 19 by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Kelley remains in jail under a $50,000 bond, and Uhrin also is still incarcerated under a $10,000 bond.

Lawson was not in custody at the time of her indictment, but Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith said a warrant would be issued for her arrest.

The rape and sodomy charges involving a child under 12 are Class A felonies that carry possible sentences of 20 years to life in prison. Use of a minor in a sexual performance is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, and first-degree sexual abuse carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

Lawson and Kelley are scheduled to be arraigned at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in Madison Circuit Court. Uhrin is set for arraignment at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 3.



Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.