By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A Beattyville man originally charged in 2011 with one count of sexual abuse of a child was indicted this week on seven new sex-crime charges.
Jack O. Russell Jr., 59, was indicted Wednesday on eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving a child under 12. While each charge is a Class C felony, which carries a penalty of one to five years in prison each, he is statutorily limited to a maximum sentence of 20 years if he is convicted of all charges.
Russell was arrested Aug. 5, 2011, after a 10-year-old told police he had molested her, according to the Kentucky State Police.
The alleged abuse occurred between April 9, 2005, and July 27, 2011, according to the indictment.
The indictment states that in several instances, Russell told police the child instigated or “forcibly” subjected him to the sexual contact.
Russell was released the same day as his arrest on a $10,000 bond, according to online jail records. He was scheduled to stand trial Nov. 4 on the original charge.
Also indicted Wednesday:
• Roy R. Russ, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
• Tina Stewart Davis, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin and morphine) and possession of drug paraphernalia
• Johnny Owens, 30, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (hydrocodone)
• William C. Arvin, 27, three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument
• Ashley M. Campbell, 28, and Ronnie Lee Strong, 36, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and second-degree persistent felony offender. Campbell additionally was indicted on a charge of theft by deception (more than $500), and Strong was indicted on a charge of theft by deception (less than $500).
• Antonio E. Johnson, 27, and Niki A. Lamb, 35, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone), third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (alprazolam) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lamb additionally was indicted on charges of second-degree possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine).
• Robert J. Ellington, 26, first-degree bail jumping
• Jason L. Lear, 29, first-degree bail jumping
• Samuel Hensley, 48, manufacturing methamphetamine
• Donald M. Smith, 28, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed deadly weapon (aluminum knuckles)
• Matthew D. Lamb, 19, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed deadly weapon
• James Drake Fitzpatrick, 18, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
Orders referring charges to district court
• Ashley M. Campbell, 28, theft by unlawful taking and second-degree fleeing or evading police
• James Drake Fitzpatrick, 18, three charges of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor
Order of dismissal without prejudice
• Dennis R. Dixon, 53
An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to prosecute.