A hearing for a 43-year-old Richmond man accused of having sexual contact with a child was continued Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

Kendall B. Gardner is accused of six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and nine-counts of first degree.

The victim is a child younger than 16.

Judge Jean C. Logue continued a previous hearing in September so that records requested from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services could be received.

“We have made progress in getting the records ... it’s been a rather tedious process,” Logue said.

She continued the hearing to Nov. 5 and said she felt confident the records would be received by then.

Gardner had been scheduled to stand trial in April, but it was delayed so the defense could review records. In August, Logue allowed Gardner to be released from wearing an ankle bracelet monitoring device, and ordered him to have no contact with any minor, especially the children or friends of children involved in the case.

If convicted of all charges, Gardner could face up to 70 years in prison.

Emily Burton may be reached at eburton@

richmondregister.com or at 624-6694. Follow Emily on Twitter at RR_EBurton@twitter.com

 

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