, Corbin, KY

June 10, 2013

Girdler man charged with sodomy arraigned

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A former Girdler resident has finally appeared for an arraignment concerning a decade-old sodomy investigation.

But it took quite an effort to get the man to Knox County for his court appearance.

Jerry E. Amundsen, 43, with an address in Wasilla, Alaska, stood handcuffed before Judge Tom Jensen in Knox County Circuit Court Friday afternoon.

According to Kentucky State Trooper Shane Jacobs, Amundsen was arrested in connection with a first-degree sodomy investigation in 2003.

The alleged victim in the case was age 12 at the time.

In court Friday it was learned Amundsen was indicted in 2005 on these offenses, however, Jacobs alleged Amundsen fled the state prior to his arrest on an indictment warrant.

Jacobs said he ended up in Alaska, then fled the United States.

Earlier this year, Jacobs said Amundsen was discovered living in South Korea.

Assisted by KSP Post 10, Jacobs said the U.S. Marshal’s Service transported Amundsen from South Korea to California.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department then transported the suspect back to Knox County, according to Jacobs.

In court Friday, Amundsen was slated for his arraignment.

Jensen appointed public defender Jennifer Milligan to represent Amundsen, who requested a bond review.

Jensen agreed, but ruled that “right now” Amundsen will remain jailed in the Knox County Detention Center with no bond.

Milligan waived formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea on Amundsen’s behalf Friday.

He is now slated to appear for a pretrial conference Aug. 2.

KSP Trooper Doyle Halcomb leads the investigation.