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E'town man pleads guilty to sexual abuse, misconduct

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Formal sentencing scheduled for Aug. 6

By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown man arrested a year ago on allegations of sexual abuse pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to amended charges.

Charlie A. Runyon, 45, originally was indicted in September on charges of first-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

According to the indictment, the charges involve three alleged victims, one of whom was a juvenile male at the time of the incident.

In accordance with Runyon’s agreement with prosecutors, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office recommends to amend the sodomy charge to first-degree sexual abuse.

Additionally, remaining charges would be reduced to sexual misconduct, which is a misdemeanor offense.

The commonwealth recommends Runyon complete a five-year probation and enter the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry.

A formal sentencing is set for Aug. 6 at which time Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton may accept or reject the plea agreement.

Runyon initially was arrested May 9, 2012, following complaints he groped two adults and had forcible sexual contact with a juvenile male, according to police.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Class D felony, which is 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.