Five indicted for felony sex crimes arrested, turn themselves in

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By Sarah Bennett

Five days after being indicted by grand jury, four Radcliff residents and a Fort Knox soldier charged with sexual offenses either turned themselves in at court or were arrested.

Radcliff Police spokesman Bryce Shumate said the defendants are suspects in five separate investigations conducted by two detectives, who turned the cases over to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for direct indictments. The cases are not connected.

Prosecutors opted to present the five investigations last Thursday to the grand jury, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said Monday.

  • Franklin R. Dotson, 39, of Radcliff is charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape and two counts of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

The charges involve individuals who were minors at the time of the offense, Shumate said Wednesday. One of the girls was a runaway minor, he said.

The incident is alleged to have occurred in June 2011, Shumate said, and the teen told police the act was forced.

The victim did not report the incident until more than a year later, he said, which is not unusual in sexual offense cases.

According to Shumate, Dotson provided the teens with alcohol and smoked synthetic marijuana with them, which led to the unlawful transaction charges.

Dotson remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.

  • Willis R. Ratliff, 28, of Radcliff faces a charge of third-degree sodomy. Ratliff is a lifetime registered sex offender.

According to the indictment, Ratliff engaged in a sexual act Feb. 2 with a person who is “incapable of consent.” Shumate said the man is diagnosed with a learning disability.

Ratliff, who was convicted in 2003 of first-degree sexual abuse, is lodged at the detention center in lieu of a partially secured $20,000 bond.

  • Charles M. Williams, 37, of Radcliff is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 years old. According to Shumate, Williams was the child’s babysitter.

The alleged offense occurred in 2009, Shumate said, but he declined to specify when the event was reported to RPD.

Police arrested Williams on Tuesday night and he remains lodged at the jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

  • Maurice A. Hackshaw, 27, of Fort Knox is charged with first-degree sexual abuse. Court records list his last known address as the 19th Engineers, 15th Company.

According to Shumate, a woman alleges forced sexual contact. An indictment indicates the encounter occurred Dec. 15.

Radcliff police arrested Hackshaw on Tuesday afternoon and he was released Wednesday on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

  • Charles E. Jones, 32, of Radcliff is charged with possession of child pornography.

Shumate said the alleged offense occurred between April 1, 2012, and Aug. 21, 2012. During their investigation, detectives seized Jones’ computer and sent it to the Kentucky State Police lab, he said.

He declined to specify how or when the allegations were reported to police.

Jones was released from custody Wednesday afternoon on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

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