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Nurse practitioner among 17 named in indictments

Grand jury charges 17 in indictments
CARRIE HALL

CARRIE HALL

Arraignment was set for today (Wednesday) for a nurse practitioner charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, rape, and use of a minor in a sexual performance for an alleged illicit affair with a 16-year-old boy.

Carrie Rebecca Lee Hall, 41, of Dry Fork, was arrested Friday morning and lodged in the Letcher County Jail, where she remained Wednesday under a $250,000 full cash bond.

Lenville “Lennie” Bates, 46, of Thornton, was indicted on charges of complicity with Hall to bribe or intimidate a witness, complicity to tamper with a witness, and complicity to tamper with physical evidence. He turned himself in at the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office Monday morning.

The indictments of Hall and Bates amount to seven of the 27 indictments returned by the grand jury last Thursday. In all, 17 people were indicted on a variety of charges.

Hall, who specializes in midwifery, is charged in six separate indictments with 26 charges. In addition to the same complicity charges with which Bates was charged, Hall is charged with attempting to bribe the boy’s mother to influence her and her son’s testimony, or to avoid testifying.

LENNIE BATES

LENNIE BATES

The effort allegedly took place between September 30 and October 6, about the time widespread rumors of the incident began circulating in the county, along with rumors of sex videos that a number of people claim to have watched.

In addition to the bribery charge, the indictments allege that Hall and Bates threatened or used physical force toward the teen and/ or his family in an attempt to affect his testimony, and to “withhold a record, document or other object from an official proceeding.”

In addition, the indictments charge Hall with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of third-degree rape, five counts of use of an electronic device to induce a minor to engage in sexual or prohibited activities, four counts of use of a minor under 18 years old in a sexual performance, three counts of viewing/possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance, five counts of tampering with a witness and one count of sodomy.

The charges begin in the middle of September, when the grand jury alleges that Hall sent electronic messages from a phone, computer or other device, from Tennessee to the boy, who was then in Letcher County, “for procuring or promoting the use of a minor” for an illegal purpose, and then allegedly “employed, consented to, authorized or induced” the boy to engage in a sexual performance.

Charges allege that crimes continued until at least October 6.

The grand jury alleges that between September 19 and 21, Hall “practiced fraud and deceit through expressions of purported love for said minor,” or through threats that he would go to prison for engaging in sex with her if he did not withhold testimony. During the same period, the grand jury alleges that Hall, “being a person in a position of authority or position of special trust,” subjected the teen to sexual contact and to “deviant sexual intercourse” when she was 10 or more years older than him.

Most of the sex charges relate to the age difference between Hall and the boy, who is 25 years her junior. While the age of consent in Kentucky is 16, that does not apply when the other party holds a position of authority or special trust, or when that party is 10 or more years older than the other person.

Others indicted and the charges against them are:

• Shirley Priscilla Phillips, 60, of 5188 Kentucky Highway 932, Eolia, who is charged with first-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal trespass, menacing, third-degree assault, careless driving, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, third-degree terroristic threatening, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs (first offense, with aggravating circumstances), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine).

Phillips is accused of refusing to leave Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital after being ordered to do so approximately 30 times by hospital staff or Whitesburg police officers. The grand jury says she placed Whitesburg Police Officer Michael Garner in apprehension of injury, and caused or attempted to cause injury to Whitesburg Police Officer Jordan Clemons.

Officer Michael Garner of the Whitesburg Police Department testified in the case.

• Joshua David Machniak, 34, also known as Josh Machniak, of 43 South Abdoo St., Neon, who is charged with resisting arrest, third-degree assault, public intoxication (excludes alcohol), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Jenkins Police Officer Ray Turner testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Machniak is charged with first-degree bail jumping for not completing an inpatient substance abuse treatment program and with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Kristi Skeens of Office of the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney testified in the case.

• Jeffrey Jay Sturgill, 27, of 119 Little Biggs Road, McRoberts, who is charged with operating a motor vehicle without a legible license plate, first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), third-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (Buprenorphine), and use/ possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins Police Officer Michael Garner testified in the case.

• Crystal L. Dishman, 45, of 1389 Shea’s Fork, McRoberts, who is charged with first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine, second or great offense), public intoxication (excludes alcohol), and use/ possession of drug paraphernalia.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Seth Whitaker testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Dishman is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to appear for a scheduled arraignment in Letcher District Court.

Kristi Skeens of Office of the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney testified in the case.

• Elizabeth Ladonna Kincer, 39, of 225 G. Kincer Drive, Mayking, who is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine, second or greater offense), operating a motor vehicle on suspended or revoked operator’s license, one headlight, and possession/ use of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins Police Officer Ryan Turner testified in the case.

• Richard Glen Brown, 53, of 2451 Smoot Creek Road, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs (second offense, with aggravator), license plate not illuminated, trafficking in marijuana, failure to wear seatbelt, and tampering with physical evidence.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

• Tommie Ann Conley, 27, of 3218 Possum Trot Road, P.O. Box 201, Leburn, who is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, and no tail lamp.

Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth Whitaker testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Conley is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to appear in District Court in a pending felony case.

Kristi Skeens of Office of the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney testified in the case.

• Mitchell Paul Ross, 44, of 11108 Ky. Hwy. 805, Jenkins, who is charged with second-degree escape and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Ross escaped from the electronically monitored home incarceration program on or about October 1.

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

• Harold Pete Back Jr., 33, of 131816 Ky. Hwy. 160, Whitesburg, who is charged with second-degree escape and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Back escaped from the electronically monitored home incarceration program on or about September 26.

• Jamie Andrew Hall, 44, of 82 Lilac Dr., Jenkins, who is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), no operator’s license, no/expired registration plates, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins Police Officer Ryan Turner testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Hall is charged with flagrant nonsupport of his minor children.

Monica Adams of the Letcher County Division of Child Support Enforcement testified in the case.

• Adam Absher, 32, of 366 Drift Wood Loop, Whitesburg, who is charged with bail jumping by failing to appear for a preliminary hearing for a pending felony case.

Kristi Skeens of Office of the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Absher is charged with flagrant nonsupport of his minor children.

• Timothy C. McClain, 48, of 2571 Hwy. 3406, Jenkins, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to report to the Letcher Circuit Court as required.

Kristi Skeens of Office of the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney testified in the case.

• Thomas Jeffrey Mullins, 57, of 37 Connie Lane, Cromona, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failing to report to the Letcher Circuit Court as required.

Kristi Skeens of Office of the Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney testified in the case.

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