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July 13, 2010

Man faces 100 child sex abuse counts

Whitley resident indicted on charges of crimes against girls

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

Francis Ross Harrison was indicted by a Whitley County grand jury Monday with 100 counts of child sexual abuse.

Harrison, 59, of U.S. 25W, north of Williamsburg, was arrested in early June after two girls, 8 and 9 years old, reported he had abused them multiple times.

The indictment charges him with one count of first-degree sodomy on or about May 29 of this year.

He was also charged on one count of first-degree criminal attempt rape on March 27, 2005.

It also charges that between May 10, 2002, and Nov. 16, 2003, and between May 2, 2008, and May 28 of this year he allegedly committed first-degree sexual abuse.

All the counts allege that his victims were younger than 12 years old.

He was arrested by Kentucky State Police Detective Kenny Y. Fuson and jailed at Whitley County Detention Center June 3. He is held on a $100,000 bond.

State police were contacted by a parent of one girl concerning the allegations, Fuson said.

In the course of the investigation, the two girls remembered similar details about how Harrison allegedly acted with them.

The two girls and other possible victims mentioned similar circumstances, “the claims are very consistent with a sexual predator,” said Fuson.

William Sulfridge, 38, of Oak Ridge Church Road in Williamsburg, was charged with second-degree manslaughter after shooting Dennis Russell Meadors.

Meadors and Sulfridge were reportedly turkey hunting off Concord Church Road in early April.

Meadors, a candidate for constable in Whitley County, was shot in the back once with a 12-gauge shotgun and pronounced dead at the scene.

Sulfridge was also charged in the indictment with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, after being convicted on Feb. 5, 2004, with flagrant non-support. He was also charged with tampering with physical evidence after handling Meadors’ weapon after the shooting.

Six indictments charge James D. Sprinkles, 18, and James D. Day, 19, both of Corbin, with third-degree burglary. On or about  May 22, burglarizing the Corbin Barber Shop; May 25, Forest Bowling Lanes, Contours Gym, Joy’s Kuntry Kookin building and the Kentucky Probation and Parole Office and June 6, Vittorinos Cucina Italian Restaurant.

On May 26, the pair allegedly committed third-degree burglary at Roberta’s Market as well as third-degree criminal mischief by “intentionally doing damage ... in an amount less than $500.”

Four indictments charge Woodburn Schlicht, 49, of Corbin and Kenny Smith, 27, of Manchester with third-degree burglary on March 18 at the properties of David Brassfield, Mark Adams, Michael Vann and Larry Fuson.

Schlicht was also charged in each of the indictments as being a first-degree persistent felony offender (PFO).

In a fifth indictment, Schlicht was charged with receiving stolen property valued at over $10,000, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup, and first-degree PFO.

Three indictments charge Erik Scott Smith, 23, of Williamsburg with burglary, two charges of first-degree burglary, with a .22-cal. rifle, in the home of Betty Carr and with a .30-06-cal. rifle in the home of Jack Sutton. Smith was also charged with second-degree burglary at the home of Melinda Mays.

Arthur J. Shepherd, 26, of London, one count of second-degree burglary; two counts of third-degree burglary; two counts, theft by unlawful taking, $500 to $10,000, various items taken from the home of Willard Scott Bunch and a 1995 Oldsmobile Bravada belonging to Bunch and receiving stolen property taken from Bunch worth between $500 and $10,000.

Lindsey Rose, 19, Aaron Nelson, 20, Samantha Haynes, 21, Williamsburg, and Rodney Richardson, 19, no address given, third-degree burglary.

Jeffery Wagers, 32, of Gray, third-degree burglary, possession of burglars’ tools and first-degree PFO.

Allen Bunch, 35, of Williamsburg, second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking under $300, unlawful transaction with a minor by causing a 17-year-old person to engage in the burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

Jonathan Matthew Bray, 26, of Williamsburg, second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking between $500 and $10,000.

Eddie Baker, 48, of Corbin, theft by failure to make required disposition of property between $500 and $10,000.

Charlie Eric Bunch, 31, of Williamsburg, receiving stolen property between $500 and $10,000, guardrail and posts and theft of unlawful taking of the guardrail and posts of the same value taken from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Douglas Crayton Young, 50, address not given, three counts of theft by unlawful taking of $500 to $10,000.

Christopher Marcum, 33, of Corbin, theft of identity.

Charles Gilbert, 28, Thomas Gilbert, 31 and Joseph Gambrell, 27, of Corbin, C. Gilbert, trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a methamphetamine precursor, second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Thomas Gilbert, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and PFO.

Gambrell, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possessing under eight ounces of marijuana.

Rafaei Rivas, 36, of Middlesboro and Beth Sawyers, 27, of Lexington, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Rivas was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment while driving recklessly under the influence and Sawyers was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

Amanda Bays, 25, of Rockholds, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Josue Negron Berreto, 24, Lexington, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possessing less than eight ounces of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Shawn W. Simmons, 29, of Greenfield, Ohio, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Brian C. Randle, 27, of Williamsburg, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Darlene Pigg, 26, of Lily, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Alisha McElfresh, 54, of Williamsburg, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Trenity Nelson, 31, of Williamsburg, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and receiving stolen property worth between $500 and $10,000.

Jerry Davis, 44, and Joe Croley, 62, of Williamsburg, trafficking in marijuana over eight ounces. Davis, trafficking in marijuana under eight ounces.

Edward Ernsting, 23, Karen Dennison, 44 and Diandra Hill, 24, of Corbin, criminal attempt to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

And Candace Dodd, 40, of Rockholds, first-degree fleeing or evading police and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

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