March 21, 2013

Man charged with sexually abusing minor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Among those indicted by a Laurel grand jury this month was a 48-year-old London man accused of sexually abusing a child over a period of eight years.

The abuse, according to the indictment returned against Glen G. Alford of 842 Oneal Road in London, began when the child was four years old, in November 2001. The sexual abuse allegedly occurred each year from then through November 2008 when the child was 12 years old.

The eight-count indictment charges Alford with first-degree sexual abuse because the child was under age 12 when the incidents took place.

Another man, 43-year-old Donald Lewis, of 157 Rader Ridge Road in London, is charged with failure to comply with sex offender registration. Lewis reportedly did not register his information, which includes his residence, with the Kentucky State Police as is required. Lewis also faces charges of being a first-degree persistent felony offender due to two prior felony convictions in Laurel County. Lewis was indicted just one year ago for failing to register with the Kentucky State Police and was sentenced to one year in jail. He was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in June 2004 and received a two-year sentence that was probated two years.

Other March indictments included:

• Jason P. Sims, 32, of 454 Hawk Road in Somerset, is charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, one count of theft by deception under $500, three counts of theft by deception over $500, and one count of first-degree persistent felony offender.

Sims is accused of cashing a forged check on Oct. 29, 2012 for $328, then cashing forged checks totaling $1,325 at the same bank on Nov. 4, Nov. 12, and Nov. 13. The theft by deception charges stem from taking cash from the bank for the worthless checks.

Sims has prior run-ins with the law, with three prior felonies on his record. He was convicted of first-degree robbery with a gun in 2002 in Laurel County and received a 10-year sentence. In 2011, he was convicted of third-degree assault against a police officer and received a two-year prison sentence. That term ran after a two-year sentence for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, for a total of four years.

• Philip James Hutton, 56, of 135 McClure Bridge Road in Lily, is charged with failure to comply with sex offender registry on Feb. 18. Hutton has a prior felony conviction for the same charge in Miami County, Ohio, from 2008 and received a two-year prison sentence, which added the second-degree persistent felony offender charge to this indictment.

• Anita Banaszak, 39, and Robert "Bobby" Banaszak, 42, both of 432 Marydell Road in London, were indicted for collecting $39,204.44 in government benefits by making false statements or misrepresenting facts. The offenses occurred from Nov. 2008 through Nov. 2011 in which they received $18,713 in SNAP benefits. From Jan. 2008 through Nov. 2011, they allegedly received $11,710 in Medicaid benefits, and $1,564.39 in LIHEAP benefits from Nov. 2008 through Jan. 2011. The fourth count accuses the Banaszaks of receiving $7,216.61 in CCAP benefits.

• Homer Justin Lovitt, 26, of 479 South Ky. 1629 in Corbin, is accused of first-degree robbery on Dec. 1, 2012 for entering a home and committing a theft while threatening another person with a knife.

• Ronnie McQueen, 47, of 845 Haley Ridge Road in London, was named in a six-count indictment evolving from driving 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on Jan. 27 of this year. McQueen is also charged with first-degree fleeing and evading police for failing to stop for Deputy Brett Reeves; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, third offense; driving while license is revoked or suspended, reckless driving and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. McQueen has a prior conviction for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense in Laurel County in 2010 and received a two-year sentence on that charge.

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

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