Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 14, 2012

Testimony begins in Roe sex abuse trial

Nov. 14, 2012 — Testimony began Friday morning in the trial of Jeffery Wayne Roe, 53, of Olive Hill.

Roe was indicted in December 2011 for sexual crimes he allegedly committed against a minor less than 12 years of age.

He faces charges of first degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, and first degree sodomy, a Class A felony. If convicted on both charges, Roe would face 20 years to life in prison.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Conn told a jury of 10 women and two men that Roe is accused of committing crimes against a family member that was between eight and nine years old in 2006, when the crimes allegedly occurred.

“This case is one person’s word against another’s,” Conn said. “The only evidence in this case is the testimony of the child making the accusations.”

Conn said during opening statements that the alleged incidents, both those listed on the indictments and others for which Roe has not been indicted, stopped when the child was about 10 years old.

However, Conn said, in October of 2011 Roe allegedly offered to purchase a cell phone for the juvenile in exchange for sex.

The girl told someone at school about the alleged incident, which led to an interview with a social worker and a Kentucky State Police detective.

The alleged victim of abuse was the first to take the witness stand on Friday. The 14-year-old is currently living in foster care and said when Roe propositioned her in September of 2011, she knew she had to tell.

“I had been asking for a cell phone, because I hated to be secluded from everyone with no way to talk to people,” the girl said. “I was surprised when he (Roe) brought up the phone, because he always told me ‘no’ before. I left when he touched himself between his legs and said, ‘let’s go to bed’.”

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