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March 25, 2013

Corbin man charged with sexual abuse

24-count indictment states John Sutherland allegedly abused four children

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A Corbin man received a 24-count indictment in Knox County Circuit Court Friday.

John Sutherland, 71, allegedly sexually abused four different minor victims between the years of 1980 through 1992.

The charges include 9 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and 9 counts of first-degree sodomy.

All alleged crimes occurred in Knox County.

One victim was allegedly sexually abused from August 1980 through August 1981. Four counts of Sutherland’s indictment concern this victim.

The second victim was allegedly sexually abused from March 1980 through March 1983. Three counts of Sutherland’s indictment concern this victim.

The third victim was allegedly sexually abused from May 1985 through May 1989. Twelve counts of Sutherland’s indictment involve this victim.

The fourth victim in this case was allegedly sexually abused from July 1991 through Dec. 1992. Five counts of Sutherland’s indictment involve this victim.

He was remanded back into jail at the Laurel County Correctional Center, where he remains under two separate cash bonds totaling $500,000.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury and is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

Others indicted Friday and their charges include:

— Janice Mills, 44, of Barbourville, was handed an eight-count indictment Friday for offenses incurred Dec. 23. The first count indicts Mills for third-degree assault after allegedly kicking Peace Officer Josh Lawson, causing injury. Count II charges her with tampering with physical evidence after allegedly destroying evidence which could have been used in an official court proceeding. The third count indicts her for menacing after allegedly intentionally placing Clay Helton “in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.” The fourth count charges resisting arrest after reportedly preventing Lawson from incarcerating her. Count V charges her with public intoxication by allegedly being in a public place while “manifestly under the influence of intoxicants.” Count VI indicts her for second-degree disorderly conduct after reportedly causing a public inconvenience. The seventh count charges fourth-degree assault after allegedly striking Nancy Robbins causing physical injury. The last count on her indictment charges third-degree possession of a controlled substance after officer allegedly found a quantity of Clonazepam on her person.

— James Bowling, 44, of Knox County, was handed a 21-count indictment Friday. All charges are related to sex crimes Bowling allegedly committed against a minor, including 10 counts of first-degree rape. All crimes occurred between April 2010 to July 2012. He was also indicted on charges of first-degree persistent felony offender, after his Laurel County conviction in February 2010 of possession of methamphetamine precursors, and his Knox County conviction in March 1998 for his fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and first-degree wanton endangerment.

— Ricky Smith, 30, and Kaiala Tuttle, 26, both of Gray, were each listed on a two-count indictment. Tuttle and Smith both face one count of their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine. Smith was the only defendant named in the second count of the indictment. That count charges him with first-degree persistent felony offender after his conviction in February 2007 for receiving stolen property valued at more than $300, and his 2004 conviction for second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking items valued at more than $300.

— Tammy Merida, AKA Tammy Burnett, 40, of Flat Lick, received a two-count indictment. Both counts charge her with first-degree wanton endangerment. According to the indictment, Merida allegedly “wantonly, and with manifest indifference to the value of human life, (shot) a gun at Randy Burnett (and Roy Burnett) and thereby creating a danger of death or serious physical injury (to the two men).” This incident allegedly occurred Jan. 22.

— Josh Reiter, 29, of Barbourville, received a two-count indictment Friday. Count I indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading the police after allegedly failing to obey signals of Deputy Chad Wagner to stop running on Feb. 20. Count II indicts him for fourth-degree assault after allegedly pushing and shoving Felicia West causing physical injury on Feb. 20.

— Gregory Simpson, 37, of Dewitt, was indicted on two counts. The first count charges theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000 after allegedly stealing weed eaters owned by Farmer and Sons on Feb. 14. The second count charges first-degree persistent felony offender after several convictions, including first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, in April 2010, in Knox County; theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $300 in Dec. 2004 in Bell County; operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, fourth offense, in May 1997 in Knox County; receiving stolen property valued at more than $300 in May 1997 in Knox County; theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $300 and first-degree criminal mischief in May 1997 in Knox County; first-degree fleeing or evading law enforcement and second-degree persistent felony offender in October 2004 in Laurel County; and second-degree escape in Nov. 1997 in Laurel County.

— Brandon Davidson, 20, of Barbourville, was handed a four-count indictment Friday. The first two counts indict him for two charges of first-degree assault after allegedly striking Willie Shepherd and Anthony Smith with a vehicle causing serious injury to both on Feb. 4. The third count charges Davidson with first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly damaging a 1998 Nissan Altima owned by Smith, causing more than $1,000 in damage. The fourth count indicts Davidson for leaving the scene of an accident.

— Joe Stacy, 19, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after allegedly failing to appear on felony charges March 1.

— James Brown, 48, of Pineville, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after allegedly failing to appear on felony charges Feb. 28.

— Eric Lee Smith, 28, of Corbin, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after allegedly failing to appear on felony charges March 1.

— Jeffery McQueen, 32, of Barbourville, was indicted for first-degree bail jumping after allegedly failing to appear on felony charges Feb. 22.

— Jerry Luke, 44, of Gray, was indicted for third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor after allegedly assisting a minor child disobey his/her parent(s) or guardian(s).

— Misty Johnson, AKA Misty Bailey, Misty Cobb, 31, was indicted for second-degree escape after allegedly escaping from the custody of Deputy Jailer April Payne at the Knox County Hospital on Feb. 22.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury and is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

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