Christopher Wayne Kidd and a 17-year-old juvenile are facing charges that they used MySpace.com to lure a 15-year-old to North Corbin where they raped and sodomized her.
Kidd, 24, of Corbin and the boy were arrested earlier this week following an investigation by Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Charles Loomis on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. In addition, Kidd is charged with first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor for allegedly giving the teen alcohol.
Loomis said the suspects contacted the teen through MySpace and arranged to meet in a wooded area in North Corbin on the night of May 1.
“The juvenile went to school with the victim,” Loomis said. “She thought they were friends and they were going to hang out.”
Loomis said Kidd gave the teen alcohol, getting her drunk before having sex with her.
“It is part statutory with forcible compulsion,” Loomis said of the rape.
Kidd was scheduled to appear in Laurel District Court Tuesday on another matter. When Kidd appeared, Loomis was waiting and took him into custody.
Kidd pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Laurel District Court. He will return to court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient cause to present the case to a Laurel County Grand Jury. Kidd’s bond was set at $50,000 cash when he was arrested, but Senior Judge Roderick Messer increased the bond to $100,000 cash. Kidd remains in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Loomis called the juvenile to the sheriff’s office Monday. Following an interview, the boy was arrested and lodged in the juvenile detention center in Breathitt County.
Loomis said he will consult with Laurel County attorneys and the commonwealth’s attorney about trying the juvenile as an adult.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele said Kentucky law spells out the nature and circumstances required in a case to have a juvenile defendant tried as an adult. He said that includes violent crimes, such as murder and rape, and theft. A motion would be filed in district court outlining the specifics of the case to meet the requirements. The judge would consider it and issue a ruling. If the judge rules in favor of the motion, the case would begin making its way through district and, if a felony indictment is returned, on to circuit court.
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