Whitesburg KY

Ex-teacher enters pleas in sex cases

Formal sentencing is scheduled April 23 for a former Letcher County band teacher who has pleaded guilty to 37 counts of third-degree sodomy.

Thomas Pike, 44, of Dunham, who has taught high school band at Whitesburg, Letcher County Central and Jenkins, also pleaded guilty to unlawful transaction with a minor.

In return for the plea of guilty, Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II has agreed to recommend sentences of 17 years in prison for each of third-degree sodomy charges. The sentences would be served concurrently with 17-year sentences Pike received in June 2007 in Whitley County Circuit Court for similiar charges involving the same victim.

The unlawful transaction with a minor charge pertains to a different victim. Banks will recommend that Pike be sentenced to 10 years in prison on that charge, also to be served concurrently with the other sentences.

Under the agreement, Pike must also complete a sex offender treatment program. Pike will be eligible to meet with a parole board after serving three years and four months in prison.

In March 2006, Pike was named in four indictments charging him with 46 felony and 12 misdemeanor sex crimes against a boy less than 18 years old.

One indictment charges that Pike committed seven counts of thirddegree sodomy by performing oral sex upon the boy over a period of 24 days in October 2002. A second indictment charges Pike with com mitting the same crimes on 37 separate days between February 13, 2003, and November 8, 2003.

A third indictment charges that Pike committed the same crimes on two days in June 2004. All 46 felonies allegedly occurred while the boy was less than 16 years old.

The 12-count misdemeanor indictment charges that Pike committed fourth-degree assault when he “engaged in deviate sexual intercourse” with the boy each month of 2005 while the boy was more than 16 years old but less than 18 years old.

Pike was teaching at Jenkins Middle/High School when the charges were filed against him by the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department in December. He began the 2005-06 school year as band director at Letcher County Central High School.

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