Grand jury doesn’t indict on sex offense charges

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By Bob White

RADCLIFF — A Hardin County grand jury issued a no true bill Tuesday regarding a sex offense case reported in The News-Enterprise 15 months ago.

Joseph David Ebel, 44, was charged with two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance in February 2007. The District Court case was waived to a grand jury for review April 16, 2007, according to court records.

Last month, a grand jury decided evidence against Ebel was insufficient to pursue prosecution in Hardin Circuit Court. A no true bill was issued by the grand jury Tuesday morning.

Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tim Marcum, who investigated the case, said he was disappointed the grand jury was unable to indict Ebel. Marcum declined to comment on specifics of the case.

Patricia Ramsey, Ebel’s girlfriend, claimed the allegations made against Ebel were false and said having charges filed against him and those charges being reported in the local newspaper caused major upsets in their lives. She said it was important to do what she could to help clear Ebel's name.

Information on the case could again be submitted to a grand jury, but it was unclear as of Friday if that will happen anytime in the future.