Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 15, 2012

Roe convicted of sex abuse; cleared of sodomy

Nov. 15, 2012 — An Olive Hill man was found guilty of one of the sexual crimes he had been indicted for on Wednesday in Carter Circuit Court.

After six hours of deliberation, a jury of 10 women and two men found Jeffery Wayne Roe, 53, guilty of sexual abuse and not guilty of sodomy.

Roe, 53, was indicted in December 2011 on one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree sodomy against a child under 12 years of age.

During the penalty phase, the victim took the stand.

“When I first told about what happened, it felt like everyone was against me,” she told jurors.

The jury recommended five years for Roe’s crime, which was the maximum sentence. The guilty verdict also means Roe will be required to register as a sex offender. Roe will be eligible for parole in nine months as long as he completes the required sex offender treatment program.

Testimony began in the case Friday, with the victim being the first to take the stand. The now 14-yearold testified Roe had touched her inappropriately several times when she was between the age of 7 and 10. She said when Roe offered to buy her a cellphone in exchange for sex on Sept. 29, 2011, she told a friend at school.

School officials alerted social services and the Kentucky State Police. The victim told them about the proposition, and the abuse that occurred years before.

Roe was indicted in December 2011, but wasn’t located until Jan. 6, 2012. He was arrested in a camper within site of the home. Kentucky Department of Community Based Services have removed all of the children from the home and Roe’s partner, Debbie Thompson, spent several months in jail for her part in violating a court order that should have kept Roe away from the children and victim.

Along with witnesses from DCBS, Hope’s Place and KSP, Thompson also testified on Friday. She claimed she had no idea Roe was staying in the camper, even though an extension cord that ran from her home was the only source of power to the camper.

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