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Two Hardin County men indicted on sex offenses

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By Sarah Bennett

Reiner Legaspi, 55, of Rineyville, is charged with first-degree rape while Christopher Spellings, 31, of Elizabethtown, has been indicted on incest, third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

Detective Ryan Johnson with Kentucky State Police Post 4 investigated both cases.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

According to the indictment against Legaspi, he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse between Aug. 3, 2012, and Aug. 4, 2012, with a victim, who was “physically helpless by her intoxicated state.”

Jeff Gregory, spokesman for Post 4, said police began investigating in August 2012 after the victim reported a sexual assault at University Hospital in Louisville.

A sexual assault kit was performed on the woman, Gregory said.

According to the indictment against Spellings, he allegedly had sexual contact between June 1, 2012, and July 31, 2012, with a female relative who was younger than 16 at the time. Intercourse is alleged.

Gregory said the alleged conduct was disclosed to Social Services, who then reported the accusations to police earlier this month.

Both men are scheduled to appear for arraignment today in Hardin Circuit Court.

The cases were presented to the grand jury and warrants have been issued upon indictment. As of Monday afternoon, neither Legaspi nor Spellings were lodged in Hardin County Detention Center.

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

OTHER INDICTMENTS

  • Davanta M. Murray, 18, first-degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor
  • Polly Ann Craig, 43, six counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance
  • Tara Cook, 39, theft by failure to make required disposition of property
  • Steven Lynn Craig, 46, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance
  • Chad Everett Byers, 42, misrepresentation or failure to report a change to obtain public assistance benefits more than $100
  • Rodney Woods, 34, first-degree assault
  • Shamya Richard, 26, complicity to traffic in marijuana less than 8 ounces while in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia while in possession of a firearm
  • Kristopher A. Raasch, 38, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence
  • Travis Price, 24, complicity to commit unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking less than $500 — shoplifting and third-degree possession of a controlled substance — Clonazepam
  • Antonio Martinez Carter, 20, first-degree possession of a forged instrument
  • Joshua W. Richardson, 22, trafficking in marijuana more than 8 ounces but less than 5 pounds and rear license not illuminated