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Indictments name 11

Child-porn suspects among 11 indicted

The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged two neighbors with scores of crimes related to child pornography.

Dalton Matthew Bates, 23, of Lot 1 of Wright’s Trailer Court in Neon, faces 40 counts, including distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and advertising material portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Nathan Jarrod Stidham, 39, of Lot 15 of Wright’s Trailer Court, is charged with 240 counts of various child pornography crimes, including promoting a minor under 16 years of age in a sexual performance, distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and possession/viewing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Both men were already inmates in the Letcher County Jail, having been arrested early this year. Stidham is accused of committing the crimes from January 2017 through January 2020. Bates is accused of committing the crimes from June 2019 through November 2019.

It is not clear if the two cases are related. Stidham was arrested in January after a garbage bag broke open when it was being collected and printed pictures of child pornography fell out. Police say the bag came from Stidham’s trailer. Bates was a middle school band teacher and was arrested in February after police say he sent a SnapChat message to someone saying he was “gonna be trying to resist temptation.” Police allege he offered to send another person pictures of his students.

The two men are among 11 people the jury named in its latest round of indictments, including a Jackhorn man accused of tampering with and bribing a witness.

Charles Evans Hall, Jr., 47, of 2754 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, is charged in three indictments. In each indictment he is accused of tampering with a witness and bribing a witness, a female child who he knew may be called as a witness at an official proceeding against him in Letcher Circuit Court.

Kentucky State Police Detective Jason Dials testified in the cases.

Also named in indictments are:

•Tonya Renay Martin 46, also known as Tonya Renay Bohrer, Tonya Adams, Tonya Renee Short and Tonya Renee Collins, of 834 Pert Creek, Whitesburg, who is charged with operating a vehicle with revoked or suspended operator’s license, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, less than two grams, first offense), first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whitesburg Police Officer Gavin Fleming testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Martin is accused of first-degree bail jumping by failing to report to Letcher District Court after having been placed in a 60-day patient substance abuse treatment program.

Lisa Slone, District Secretary, Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, testified in the case.

• Kimberly M. Brewer, 52, of 97 #3 Hill, Jenkins, who is charged with first-degree promoting contraband and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Brewer obtained or possessed contraband consisting of multiple pills while she was confined in the Letcher County Jail.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Savannah Thacker testified in the case.

• Randy Walling, 36, of 17 Garden Drive, Whitesburg, who is charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants (third offense within 10 years), failure to wear seat belt, failure to maintain required insurance, operating a vehicle with suspended/ revoked license, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kentucky State Trooper Anthony Trotter testified in the case.

• Raleigh Dean Slone, 53, of 191 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, who is charged with second-degree assault. The grand jury says Slone caused serious physical injury to Ruth Breeding.

Kentucky State Trooper Josh Little testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Slone is accused of second-degree escape when he did not return to the residence in which he was ordered incarcerated while electronically monitored.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Ben Fields testified in the case.

• Eulis Alfred Adams, 49, also known as Eulis Adams, Alfred Adams, and Eulis A. Adams, of 79 Payne Gap Road, Jenkins, who is charged with failure to comply with sex offender registration (third offense) and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Adams failed to register as a sex offender when he changed the address of his residence in Letcher County.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

• Karen Denise Johnson, 42, also known as Karen Denise Hughes, of 3330 Alpha Drive, Paducah, is charged in two indictments with bail jumping and being a first-degree felony offender. In one indictment, she is accused of failure to appear for a scheduled arraignment in a pending felony proceeding. In the second indictment, she is accused of failure to appear for a schedule probation hearing in a pending felony proceeding.

Lisa Slone, District Secretary, Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, testified in the cases.

• Eric A. Holbrook, 33, of 89 Breeding’s Creek, Redfox, is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to complete inpatient substance abuse treatment and/or failure to keep all required court appearances and/or the conditions of the bond posted in a pending felony proceeding.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Ben Fields testified in the case.

• Elizabeth Ross, 25, of 1659 Hwy. 1343, McRoberts, who is charged with failing to provide support for her minor child(ren).

Tammy Collier of the Letcher County Division of Child Support testified in the case.

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