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Ekron man pleads guilty to charges of rape involving a minor

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Formal sentencing scheduled for May 21

By Sarah Bennett

A day after his jury trial was scheduled to begin, an Ekron man pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple charges regarding repeated sexual contact with a minor.

Edward E. Renfro, 23, pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree rape and two counts of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

According to indictments, the contact occurred in 2011 in Elizabethtown with a girl who was younger than 16 at the time. Kentucky law sets the age of consent at 16.

Forcible contact was not alleged.

In addition to having intercourse with the girl, Renfro also provided her with access to a controlled substance, according to an indictment.

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has recommended one year to serve for each count of rape, which is to be served concurrently for a total of one year.

Prosecutors also recommend a five-year sentence for unlawful transaction with a minor, which will be probated for five years. The probation period will not begin until after the completion of his one-year sentence.

During that probation, Renfro would not be allowed to have unsupervised contact with a minor.

Because Renfro is pleading guilty to more than two felony offenses against a minor, he is required to be entered in the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry for life, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

A formal sentencing is set for May 21 at which time Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton may accept or reject the plea agreement.

Renfro is released on a partially secured $10,000 bond.

According to jail records, he was arrested April 17 and released after 15 days in custody.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.