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Child porn suspects, 4 others indicted



An Ermine couple have been named by the Letcher Grand Jury in indictments charging them with possessing child pornography. The two are also named in indictments charging them with drug and gun offenses.

Named in an indictment on drug charges is Danny Sturgill, whose address is listed as the same as the couple’s at Ermine, and who is charged with being in compliance with the couple on drug and stolen property counts.

Kentucky State Police say a cellular phone containing photographs showing two female juveniles “in a sexual manner” was in the possession of Timothy Lee Banks, 50, and Stella F. Diets, 36, both of 487 Thicket Branch.

Banks is named in four indictments. The grand jury accuses him of five counts of criminal possession of matter portraying minor number one in a sexual performance in one indictment, and five counts of criminal possession of matter portraying minor number two in a sexual performance in a second indictment.

In a third indictment, Banks is charged with complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), complicity to criminal possession of methamphetamine precursors (first offense), complicity to criminal possession of a controlled substance (first degree), complicity to criminal use/possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to criminal possession of marijuana (less than eight ounces), and complicity to receive stolen property valued under $10,000. Diets and/or Danny Sturgill are named as acting with Banks in all the charges in the third indictment.

Banks is charged in a fourth indictment with being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and possessing a defaced firearm, a sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches in length.

Diets is named in three indictments by the grand jury. In one indictment she is accused of five counts of being in criminal possession of matter portraying minor number one in a sexual performance, and five counts of criminal possession of matter portraying minor number two in a sexual performance in a second indictment.

The third indictment charges her with possession of a defaced firearm — a sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches long, complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), complicity to criminal possession of methamphetamine precursors (first offense), complicity to criminal possession of a controlled substance (first degree), complicity to criminal use/possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to criminal possession of marijuana (less than eight ounces), and complicity to receive stolen property valued under $10,000. Banks and/or Sturgill are named as acting with Diets in all the charges in the third indictment.

Danny Sturgill is accused by the grand jury of manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), complicity to criminal possession of methamphetamine precursors (first offense), complicity to criminal possession of a controlled substance (first degree), complicity to criminal use/possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to criminal possession of marijuana (less than eight ounces), and complicity to receive stolen property valued under $10,000. Banks and/or Diets are named as acting with Sturgill in all the charges in the indictment.

In the charges of receiving stolen property, the grand jury accuses all three in receiving a four-wheeler recently stolen from James Hall.

Kentucky State Trooper Scott Caudill testified in the cases.

Others indicted are:

• Justin K. Webb — Criminal abuse (first degree).

The grand jury accuses Webb, 29, of P.O. Box 125, Jenkins, of abusing a minor child or permitting another person of whom he had custody to be abused on November 28, 2105, causing serious injury.

Kentucky State Police Detective Vicki Day testified in the case.

• Louis Christopher Hampton — Unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor (first offense).

Hampton, 42, of 621 Earl C. Drive, Isom, is accused of possessing a drug product or combination of drug products on October 18 with the intent to use it a precursor to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Kentucky State Trooper Michael Burton testified in the case.

• Conda D. Mullins — Promoting contraband (first degree).

Mullins, 29, of 933 Sycamore St., Columbus, Ind., is charged with introducing dangerous contraband into the Letcher County Jail or possessing the contraband while confined to the jail on October 12.

Deputy Jailer Donna Slone testified in the case.



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