Although 20 years in prison might seem like a long time to Bryan Douglas Caudill, Judge Roderick Messer said it was the minimum sentence he could have received and still have the court accept his plea bargain.

“This sentence sounds severe, but given the information in the victim impact statement, it should have been more severe,” Messer told Caudill, as he stood before the court Friday for formal sentencing. “Some of the damage done to the victim is irreparable.”

Caudill, who was indicted on one count of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree sodomy, two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sodomy, four counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor and four counts of incest, pleaded guilty in February to one count of second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy.

In return for his plea, Caudill was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each count. He will serve the sentences consecutively for a 20-year prison term.

Kentucky State Police Detective Stacey Anderkin, who has investigated the case, said Bryan Caudill had sexual intercourse several times with the child.

The agreement also calls for Bryan Caudill to testify against his wife, Donna Caudill, who is accused of complicity to commit rape, sodomy and incest.

Donna Caudill who allegedly aided Bryan Caudill in having sex with the then 12-year-old victim and showed the child obscene photographs between December 2006 and March 2007. She pleaded guilty in April to complicity to commit second-degree rape and is scheduled to be formally sentenced to five years in prison on June 20.

However, prosecutors stated, provision concerning Bryan Caudill’s testimony was left in the plea agreement in the event Donna Caudill’s plea agreement is withdrawn or rejected and the case goes to trial.

Because of the nature of the offense, Bryan Caudill must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole.

He will receive credit for 425 days he has spent in the Laurel County Detention Center toward the service of his sentence.

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