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May 21, 2013

Three indicted for crimes against children

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Three men involved in three separate cases involving crimes against minor age children were indicted by a Laurel grand jury on Friday.

Louie Smith, 30, of 104 Pittsburg School Road in London, was charged with first-degree sodomy and incest against a child who was then only 8 years old.

The indictment lists the offenses as occurring in May 2006 in which Smith is accused of engaging in deviate sexual intercourse and then having sexual intercourse with the child. Court documents list a $10,000 cash bond for Smith.

Harold Joseph Couch, 36, of 309 Echo Valley Road in Lily, was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse against a child who was 13 years old. Both incidents involving the child occurred in September 2012, just one month before the child turned 14 years old.

Kevin D. Smallwood, 25, of 2326 E. Ky. 312 in Corbin, is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree criminal abuse for placing a 4-month-old baby in “a situation which caused ....danger of death or serious physical injury” on Dec. 12. The second count of the indictment states that Smallwood’s actions caused serious physical injury to the child’s eyes and head.

Other indictments returned on Friday include:

• Kenneth W. Morgan, 41, of 210 Ponderosa Dr. in London, for fourth or greater offense of driving under the influence of intoxicants, fleeing or evading police, speeding, second offense of driving on a revoked or suspended license for DUI, and failure to give a signal.

Morgan was arrested on April 15 after he failed to stop when Kentucky State Police Sgt. Steve Walker engaged his blue lights. Morgan was driving 40 mph in a 20-mph speed zone. Morgan was driving on a revoked license and under the influence of drugs or alcohol and did not stop when signaled to do so.

• James Phillip Creech, 36, of Corbin Manor Apartments in Corbin, was indicted for first-degree bailjumping for failing to appear for a court date as specified by his bond release from jail.

• Frederick Wilt II, 41, of 22 Braeburn Lane in Beaufort, S.C., was indicted for flagrant non-support of his three minor age children from September 2001 through May 2013. Wilt also has prior felony convictions of first-degree criminal mischief in Fayette County in 2001, which initiated a second-degree persistent felony offender charge to accompany the non-support charge.

• Phillip Hedrick, 31, of 234 London Ave. in Corbin, is charged with flagrant non-support of his minor age child. The indictment claims that Hedrick has not made court ordered child support payments from August 2003 through May 2013.

• Jeffery Mills, 28, of 691 Allison Ave. in Barbourville, was indicted for flagrant non-support on his minor age child from Dec. 2008 through the present time. With a past felony conviction of third-degree burglary, Mills is additionally charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Dusty Lovett, 31, of 45 Riveria Lane in London, was indicted for receiving stolen property, third-degree criminal mischief, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. Lovett was arrested after police investigated complaints that a man was riding a four-wheeler on their property on Waterworks Road area. Police located the ATV behind Lovett’s home, and when questioning Lovett, he told police he did not know who the ATV belonged to. The white 2006 Yamaha Raptor 700cc ATV had suffered some damage in the ride with Lovett. Lovett has a prior felony conviction in Laurel Circuit Court of theft by unlawful taking, which was settled on March 26, 2012 with an 18-month sentence.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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