Whitesburg KY

Three plead guilty

An Elkhorn City man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child, five months after a woman pleaded guilty to trying to hide the abuse to protect him.

Robert D. Hall, 30, of 11500 Belcher Highway, Elkhorn City, pleaded guilty on February 3 to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor under 12 years of age, attempted kidnapping, and intimidating a participant in a legal process.

One act of sexual abuse was committed in July of 2010, when Hall of 20, and the other crimes in March of 2019 when he was 29, according to the guilty plea signed by Hall.

Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II sentenced Hall to five years in each case, with the sentences to run consecutively. He will be required to serve an additional five years of conditional discharge and register as a sex offender.

Hall’s guilty plea comes five months after Ashley Church Hall, 31, of 182 High Knob Drive, Millstone, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on the charge of failure to report child abuse, and two years for tampering with a witness. She did not go to jail. Instead, Letcher Circuit Judge Craft ordered her to be released and receive five years’ probation on the charges.

Ashley Hall was accused of trying to persuade a girl not to testify against Robert Hall in a case involving first-degree sexual abuse of a minor under 12.

Robert D. Hall was one of three people to plead guilty in Letcher Circuit Court last week.

Matthew Caudill, 228 Baker Fork Rd., Emmalena, pleaded guilty to complicity to theft of a controlled substance, complicity to second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (suboxone), and first-degree promoting contraband. A charge of being a second-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.

Caudill was indicted in April of 2019 after Letcher County Jailer Bert Slone testified that he and another trustee at the jail had stolen suboxone that a police officer had left on the counter while booking a prisoner.

Judge Craft sentenced him to serve one and a half years in prison consecutively to a two-year sentence for being a convicted felon in possession of handgun. Caudill has already been released from that sentence, for which he was arrested in 2019. He is currently on parole.

Jessica Nicole Dixon, 35, 2171 Turkey Creek, pleaded guilty in three separate cases to first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree possession of a controlled substance; and two different counts of first-degree bail jumping.

She was sentenced to two years each in two cases and three years in the third. Each of the prison sentences were probated for five years on the condition that she complete drug court.

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