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October 18, 2010

Local couple viewing questionable websites, police say

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A husband and wife are being held on $100,000 bonds after they were found looking at what police consider to be “concerning websites.”

Ricky L. Sherman, 56, of Lily Road, and Corinne Sherman, 30, also of Lily Road, remain in the Laurel County Detention Center.

On Oct. 4, London Police Sgt. Joe Smith and Detective Alan Harris were asked to accompany state probation officers Pam Bentley and Cheryl Kaberle to investigate a possible probation violation.

Bentley and Kaberle had earlier received information that Ricky Sherman was accessing the computer at Truck Town Repair at Dogpatch Trading Post, which authorities say he owns.

After looking at the history and contents of the computer, they found evidence the Shermans were looking at questionable websites, which prompted further investigation.

The Shermans were subsequently charged with possession of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor.

This is the second time Ricky Sherman has been involved in such a crime. On April 27, 2009, he was charged with distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor. That charge was later amended to unlawful access to a computer, and he was sentenced to five years probation on the conditions that he “have no contact with minor children other than those of his and his wife” and “not to have any access to a computer.”

Three young children live in the Sherman household. They were taken into the custody of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Oct. 4.

As is procedure in cases involving a felony, the Shermans pleaded not guilty in Laurel District Court Oct. 8. Their preliminary hearings are set for 11 a.m. Oct. 26.

Ricky Sherman’s revocation hearing, where a judge will consider revoking his previously suspended sentence, is set for Oct. 25.

Staff writer Tara Kaprowy can be reached by e-mail at tkaprowy@sentinel-echo.com.

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