Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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March 12, 2014

Former bailiff, 9 others indicted

March 12, 2014 — A former Carter County court bailiff has been indicted on felony sex charges.

Chief Bailiff Earl Buckler, 63, of Grayson, was charged with third-degree sodomy, a Class D felony after evidence was revealed following an internal investigation at the Carter County Detention Center.

He was booked into the CCDC on Nov. 13 by Kentucky State Police but immediately transported to another facility.

Buckler resigned his position as bailiff the night before his arrest.

According to the indictment handed down March 4, Buckler faces two counts of third degree sodomy.

The indictment indicates that Buckler committed the crimes against two female inmates, both of which he knew were incarcerated.

McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, a law firm located in Greenup, filed a entry of appearance on behalf of Buckler.

Carter Circuit Judge Rebecca Phillips recused herself from presiding in the case March 7 since Buckler worked in the Justice Center at the time of the alleged crimes.

A special judge has not been assigned to the case and no arraignment date has been set.

The grand jury also indicted Mickey Sanley, 35, of Olive Hill, on one count of first degree sodomy with a child less than 12 years of age, a Class A felony.

Other indictments included:

Tony A. Martinez, 24, of Grayson, on one count of first deree sexual abuse, for sexual contact with a female less than 12 years of age, a Class C felony.

James Simms, 29, of Grayson, on one count of first degree rape with a 12-year-old child, and one count of first degree sodomy, for deviant sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old child.  Both counts are Class B felonies.

Simms was also indicted on one count of first degree sexual abuse of a 12-year-old child, a Class D felony.

Also indicted March 4 were:

Cheo Garcia, 27, and Teresa Thomas, 43, both of Grayson, on one count of first degree trafficking in a Schedule II controlled substance, oxycodone, a Class D felony.

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