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Alleged sex offender among 14 accused in indictments



The Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted a Letcher County resident on three charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

The grand jury charges Roger Derek Johnson, 30, of 8977 Hwy. 317, Deane, with two counts of masturbating in the presence of a person under 12 years of age, and one count of masturbating in the presence of a person under 16 years of age in a period from December 23, 2005 to June 29, 2012.

In a separate indictment, Johnson is charged with 10 counts of criminal possession of videos portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Kentucky State Police Detective Eversole testified in the cases.

Also named in indictments by the grand jury are:

• Brack Larry Joe Meade — complicity to burglary, complicity to theft, and being a persistent felony offender..

Meade, 38, of 7838 Hwy. 110 S, Eolia, is charged with acting with

Nola E. Eldridge in entering the home of David Banks at Little Cowan in September 2012 and taking property belonging to the Banks family valued at more $10,000, including a firearm.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jarrod Hipps testified in the case.

• Nola Elaine Eldridge — complicity to burglary, complicity to theft, unlawful transaction with a minor and being a persistent felony offender..

Eldridge, 34, also known as Nola Elaine Caldwell, 4770 Hwy. 932, Whitesburg, is charged with acting with Brack Larry Joe Meade and a minor in entering the home of David Banks at Little Cowan in September 2012 and taking property belonging to the Banks family valued at more $10,000, including a firearm. She is also accused of causing a minor to engage in burglary and theft.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jarrod Hipps testified in the case.

• Flona D. Huston — trafficking in a controlled substance (10 or more dosages, first degree), trafficking in a controlled substance (20 or more dosages, second degree), trafficking in a controlled substance (20 or more dosages, third degree), trafficking in a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Huston, 58, also know as Flona D. Houston, 164 Bill Lewis Hollow, Whitesburg, trafficked in a Schedule II controlled substance on May 14 while in possession of a firearm. She is also charged with trafficking in a Schedule III controlled substance, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and a non-controlled substance.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Damon U. Bates — criminal complicity to assault (second degree) and assault (fourth degree).

Bates, 21, of Apt. 384, Mt. Breeze Rd., Jenkins, and 93 Bates Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with acting with Cody Lee Bates in injuring Mike Williams on April 19 by striking him and beating him with a baseball bat. He is also accused of striking and beating Whitney Hall with his fists.

Jenkins Police Officer Jim Stephens testified in the case.

• Cody Lee Bates — criminal complicity to assault (second degree).

Bates, 23, of 93 Bates Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with acting with Damon U. Bates in injuring Mike Williams on April 19 by striking him and beating him with a baseball bat.

Jenkins Police Officer Jim Stephens testified in the case.

• Christopher Kyle Sexton — intimidating a participant in a legal process.

Sexton, 31, of 136 Earl Drive, Whitesburg, is accused of threatening Attorney Matthew Butler, who is representing Sexton’s former wife, Angela Renae Collins, in custody proceedings. Sexton threatened on May 2 to “catch Mr. Butler outside of court” and “to whip has ass”.

Matthew Butler testified in the case.

• Robert S. Hamilton — inmate assault on a corrections employee and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges Hamilton, 28, of 351 Crossover Road, Mayking, with striking John Bates, a deputy jailer at the Letcher County Jail, on May 21, while Hamilton was confined in the jail.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer John Bates testified in the case.

• David Eugene Begley — possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception, and being a persistent felony offender.

Begley, 31, of 121 Carriage Lane, Bulan, is accused of giving Charles Howard, d/b/a Howard’s Carpet, a forged check for $1,1137 on the account of Posey G. Deshaz at People’s Bank & Trust Company of Hazard for payment for merchandise on Feb. 23.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb testified in the case.

• Terry Joe Hatton — promoting contraband and being a persistent felony offender.

Hatton, 33, of 205 Whitco Loop, Whitesburg, is charged with introducing 21 Zanaflex muscle relaxants, tobacco and a butane lighter into the Letcher County Jail on May 11.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Ben Fields testified in the case.

• Jimmy Wayne Sturgill — possession of a forged prescription.

The grand jury charges Sturgill, 37, of 51 Main St. Apt. 1, Whitesburg, with having a forged prescription for Endocet, a controlled substance, on May 9, 2012.

In a separate indictment, Sturgill is charged with having a forged prescription for Percocet, a controlled substance, on August 12, 2012.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Officer Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Larry Thomas Fields — convicted felon in possession of a firearm and being a persistent felony offender.

Fields, 55, of 8948 Hwy. 16, Whitesburg, is accused of having a firearm on May 1 after having been convicted of a felony.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Officer Jarrod Hipps testified in the case.

• Derrick L. Polly — failure to wear seat belts, driving too fast for traffic conditions, reckless driving, driving under the influence, suspended/revoked driver’s license, improper passing, disregarding traffic light, fleeing or evading police, three counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, three counts of wanton endangerment, assault, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Polly, 23, of 437 Cornet’s Branch, Linefork, was driving at a greater speed than was reasonable on May 31, and was passing vehicles on the wrong side of the road while he was under the influence of intoxicants. He is also charged with driving his vehicle at more than 30 miles above the speed limit and driving in the wrong direction on the highway. He is accused of causing an accident, which resulted in an injury to his passenger, Tequila Hart, and had another passenger under the age of 12. He is charged with endangering Officers Jarrod Hipps, Alisha Congleton and Barry Engle by leading them on a high speed chase, and running vehicles occupied by Janie Hicks, Paul Hicks, and Kernel Sexton off the road.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Officer Jarrod Hipps testified in the case.

• Jason Scott Robinson — promoting contraband.

Robinson, 20, of 1240 Hwy. 317, Neon, is charged with introducing seven pills, tentatively indentified by Poison Control as being amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, into the Letcher County Jail on April 26.

In a separate indictment, Robinson is accused of introducing a pack of cigarettes and a butane lighter into the Letcher County Jail.

Letcher County Jailer Ben Fields testified in the cases.



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