Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 6, 2013

Two arrested on sex abuse charges

By Leeann Akers - Editor
Journal-Times

Nov. 6, 2013 — Two Carter County men have been arrested and charged with sexually abusing children.

Christopher Ray Shafer, 40, of Grayson, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Saturday night and charged with first degree sodomy, first degree sexual abuse of a minor and second degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

James D. Withrow, 56, of Hitchins, was arrested Monday afternoon by KSP and charged with first degree sodomy and first degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old.

The Kentucky State Police post in Ashland was unable to provide further details on either arrest before press time Tuesday.

First degree sodomy is a Class B felony with a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.

First degree sodomy of a person under 12 years of age is a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison or life imprisonment.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.