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By BOB WHITE
HARDIN COUNTY – Of the 24 people indicted last week by a Hardin County grand jury, three men stand accused of sex offenses which, if the men are convicted of, could land any one of them behind bars for 20 years or more.
The man charged with the greatest number of sex offenses is 35-year-old Larry Wayne Kendall Jr., who is charged with rape, three counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse against a 7-year-old girl in West Point, court documents reflect.
According to the criminal citation state police filed Sept. 9 against Kendall, the assaults occurred between October 2007 and May 2008.
Kendall was arrested in September and has been in jail since on a $75,000 bond.
A Louisville man also was among the three indicted on sex crime charges.
According to a warrant obtained by Radcliff Crimes Against Women and Children Unit detective Jody Ennis, a child witnessed 27-year-old Schenning Jensen subject a blindfolded child younger than 12-years-old to sexual contact between 2002 and 2004 at a Vine Grove residence.
Jensen was arrested at Radcliff’s police station in September and charged with Class A felonious sodomy, court records reflect.
Jensen was indicted on four counts of sodomy and four counts of incest. The indictments against him reflect a second child being involved in other acts state police say occurred at a Radcliff address in 2006.
He has been been in jail since the charges were filed. His bond doubled after he was indicted – from $100,000 to $200,000.
The third man indicted on sex crime charges last week is Jerome M. Jeffries, 26, who in September was released from the custody of a Michigan correctional facility and into the hands of local law enforcement — charged with first-degree rape.
According to Radcliff police spokesman Bryce Shumate, Jeffries used a window Aug. 10, 2005, to flee the home of a 13-year-old girl when the girl’s parents arrived at their Radcliff home.
Ennis also investigated claims against Jeffries, but did not comment on the cases.
Court records show Ennis charged Jeffries on Sept. 10 with the Class B felony. Jeffries has been in custody since his arrest in lieu of $50,000 bond. If convicted of the crime, Jeffries could be sentenced to as much as 20 years imprisonment.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw described the indictments against Jeffries, Kendall and Jensen as an “alarming number” of sex crime-related cases.
The three are among 24 indicted last Tuesday on felony charges .
An indictment by a grand jury is not proof of guilt or innocence and is merely a finding by the majority of grand jurors that evidence against a defendant exists which is substantial enough to pursue a criminal case. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.
More on indictments issued in Wednesday's edition of The News-Enterprise.