The Richmond Register

Local News

September 4, 2012

Human trafficking trial date pushed back to February

Prosecutor: New evidence has turned up

RICHMOND — A new trial date has been set in a case of two parents accused of trafficking their teen daughters to adult men for “companionship and affection.”

Kathy Hart, 45, and Anthony Wayne Hart, 48, are scheduled to stand trial at 9 a.m. Feb. 11. The trial is expected to last one week, according to court documents.

The case originally was set for Aug. 20, however new evidence has come to light, court documents revealed.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith said the investigating detective has conducted new interviews and obtained additional information about the alleged crime.

“It may change the nature of the charges,” Smith said.

The Harts were indicted on one charge each of human trafficking, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

From October 2009 to February 2011, the indictment alleged the Harts arranged “for their 13- and 14-year-old daughters to provide companionship and affection to male individuals in exchange for money and goods.”

One person, Alexander Gomez-Lopez, was identified as having sexual contact with one of the girls. He pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse and received a sentence of one year in prison.

The girls told investigators that they did not have intercourse with any of the men, according to the court documents.

Judge Jean C. Logue ruled in July that Kathy Hart was competent to stand trial based an evaluation and testimony from a state psychologist. However, eight years ago Kathy Hart was found incompetent to stand trial in another case due to her low IQ.

In 2003, Kathy and Anthony Hart were accused of trying to sell their newborn baby for $3,000 to undercover police officers in the Danville Walmart, according to court documents.

The 2003 competency report, which was included in the current case’s court file, stated that Kathy Hart had an IQ of 45 and was “functionally illiterate.” The report stated she would never become competent to stand trial.

Anthony Hart was found competent to stand trial in the Boyle County case, and he pleaded guilty to a charge of prohibited acts and practices in the adoption of children, according to an Associated Press report. He received a two-year sentence.

Assistant Common-wealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith revealed in July that she planned on using information from the Boyle County case in prosecuting the Harts. Anthony Hart’s attorney, Timothy Despotes, filed a motion asking the court to prohibit Smith from bringing up his client’s previous arrest and conviction.

Kathy Hart’s attorney, Stan Manziano, also filed a motion in July notifying the court that his client planned on using mental health evidence in her defense, according to the motion.

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

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-26 Stockyards 2.jpg Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’

    Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.

    At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.

    That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • 7-26 Fire Practice Structure 1.jpg Fire training tower going up

    A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.

    Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Pavement work to restrict I-75 in Rockcastle County

    Beginning Sunday until about the end of November, Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will be reduced to one lane in each direction between mile points 58 and 66 for pavement work.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jailed woman charged with heroin trafficking

    A Richmond woman already jailed on another charge was served with a drug trafficking warrant Thursday.

    July 26, 2014

  • County’s jobless rate improves

    Madison County’s unemployment rate for June, 6.5 percent, was a full percentage point lower than a year earlier and 0.2 points lower than in May.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-25 Camp Invention 1.jpg Young inventors turn trash to treasure

    The first day of Camp Invention began with a room full of objects ready to be recycled, Sarah Shaffer, director of the camp said Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-25 William Gilbert.jpg Four arrested on meth charges at Berea motel

    Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.

    July 24, 2014 5 Photos

  • Fridays, Saturdays added to depot’s detonation calendar

    The Blue Grass Army Depot is adjusting its weekly schedule for detonating obsolete and unserviceable conventional explosives because of a higher-than-normal number of delays this season.

    July 24, 2014

  • County, cities asked to ban indoor smoking

    The Madison County Health Board voted 9-1 Wednesday to ask the county’s three local governing bodies to ban smoking in indoor public places.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 4-H Entries 1.jpg 4-H exhibits are family affair for the Houstons

    Five children from the same family were the first to bring their 4-H exhibits Wednesday to the Madison County Fairgrounds.

    July 24, 2014 5 Photos

AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results