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A Berea man is facing charges of sexual abuse of a four-year-old child.

Joseph Wallen, 45, Berea, was arrested by Berea police on Wednesday and charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under 12.

According to a citation, on April 23, officers responded to a residence where they met with a woman who said their four-year-old relative had informed her that a male relative had touched them inappropriately.

Through discussion with the woman, the relative was identified as Wallen.

The victim was interviewed on May 3 by investigators. 

The victim allegedly told police Wallen had touched her private parts several times. In addition, the victim said Wallen would rub her inappropriately for extended periods through their underwear. The victim told police they would tell Wallen to stop, but he would refuse.

The citation states, on May 5, Wallen came to the Berea Police Department to speak with an officer. He was read his rights and allegedly agreed to talk with the officer.

Wallen allegedly admitted to touching the victim an unknown number of times.

He told investigators he touched the victim at least once a month for as long as they had been coming to his house.

Wallen allegedly told the officer the victim told him they enjoyed it, and in doing so, it helped him relieve stress. Wallen allegedly told the officer he knew what he was doing was wrong and “would cut his own arms off to keep it from happening again.”

Wallen was arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Man arrested after allegedly breaking juvenile’s arm

A Richmond man is facing child abuse charges after a juvenile victim was admitted to the hospital for a broken bone. 

Markus Hupp-Smith, 26, Richmond, was arrested by Richmond police on Wednesday and charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 or under.

According to a citation, on April 7, a four-month-old victim was taken to the emergency room, where doctors discovered they had a “closed non-displaced spiral fracture of the left humerus bone.”

The citation noted it was a severe physical injury, and added the x-rays allegedly depicted the infant’s humerus bone had been snapped in half.

Hupp-Smith told investigators he was playing a video game, and the victim was in a baby chair on the couch. The victim allegedly became “fussy,” so he went to pick her up from the chair and noticed her left shoulder was stuck underneath the lip of the chair.

Hupp-Smith allegedly told police he grabbed the victim underneath the armpits and had to tug her to get her out of the chair. When he did, the citation states, he heard a “pop” sound.

The citation states, medical professionals allegedly determined Hupp-Smith’s version of what happened could not possibly account for the infant’s injury.

Medical professionals allegedly concluded it would have taken a high degree of force to cause such a fracture, it was an inflicted injury, and it was non-accidental trauma.

Hupp-Smith was arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Other arrests include:

• Paula Coffey, 55, Berea, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance (189A.010(1c)/first aggravated circumstance), third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Katie Means, 20, Richmond, fourth-degree domestic violence assault with a minor injury.

• Kiersten Hurst, 25, Richmond, fourth-degree domestic violence assault with a minor injury, buying or possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

• Jennifer Davis, 42, Richmond, second-degree escape, tampering with a prison monitoring device.

• Amelia Nicely, 28, Berea, fourth-degree assault with a minor injury.

• Taylor Vance, 23, Frankfort, fourth-degree domestic violence assault with a minor injury.

• Daletavious Martin, 20, Richmond, fourth-degree domestic violence assault with no visible injury.

• Dontae Thompson, 30, Louisville, fourth-degree domestic violence assault with no visible injury, third-degree terroristic threatening, menacing, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine/first offense).

The Register collects and publishes police reports as a public service to its readers. The reports often contain allegations against individuals and do not mean the individuals committed a crime. All people named in connection with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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