June 4, 2014 — Several case involving sexual abuse and exploitation of children were called Monday before court in Carter County.
Michael Hardy, 22, of Grayson, was accused of possession of material portraying a sexual act by a minor. His case was bound over to the grand jury.
Hardy was arrested May 21 by Deputy Sheriff James Frint, who testified during Monday's preliminary hearing.
Frint said the mother of a 12-year-old child called the Carter County Sheriff's office to report that she had found nude photos and explicit messages between Hardy and the child.
The sheriff's department seized both the iPad, which the child used for communication, and Hardy's phone, which were sent to the Kentucky State Police crime lab.
Several other cases involving minors appeared in Carter Circuit Court.
Tony A. Martinez, 24, of Grayson, was indicted in March on one count of first degree sexual abuse, for sexual contact with a female less than 12 years of age, a Class C felony.
James Layne, 30, was indicted in January 2013 on two counts of first degree rape and 10 counts of first degree sodomy by forcible compulsion, all Class B felonies.
Commonwealth's Attorney Brandon Ison said he is still waiting on discovery in both cases. An additional pretrial conference will held for both men on July 7.
James D. Withrow, 56, of Hitchins, was indicted in November 2013 on one charge first degree sodomy, a class A felony, and first degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, of a child under 12 years old.
An evidence suppression hearing was requested in the Withrow case. Ison said they are waiting for a ruling by Judge Rebecca Phillips.
David White, Sr., 71, of Morehead, was indicted April 2012 on one count of first degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, for having sexual contact with a person under 12 years of age, one count of first degree sodomy and one count of incest, both Class A felonies.
White's case has been set for trial on Aug. 12 on second case status, which means it will go on only if the first case does not.
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