E'town man faces additional charges

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Renfro indicted on unlawful transaction with a minor

By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown man charged nearly a year ago with statutory rape now faces additional charges as his case approaches jury trial.

Edward E. Renfro, 23, was indicted Thursday on two counts of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris McCrary said though the charges are new, they are not new offenses as they stem from the same allegations that led to Renfro’s arrest last April.

Elizabethtown Police arrested Renfro last April for a charge of third-degree sexual abuse. He later was released on bond.

In June, he was indicted on four counts of third-degree rape. Forcible contact was not alleged.

According to the indictment, the charges stemmed from sexual contact in July 2011 with a victim who was younger than 16 years old.

Renfro is being represented by the Department of Public Advocacy. The case is set to go to jury trial Monday.

McCrary said the grand jury took another look at the alleged incidents and chose to indict Renfro on additional charges.

According to the newest indictment, Renfro “knowingly induced, assisted or caused a minor to engage in illegal controlled substances activity in the parking area behind Helmwood Heights Elementary.”

The new charges occurred on the same dates as the alleged sexual contact with the girl, McCrary said.

Renfro is scheduled to appear for arraignment today in Hardin Circuit Court for the newest charges. He has been allowed to stand on his partially secured $10,000 bond.

Third-degree rape and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor are Class D felonies, which are punishable by one to five years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

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