Three men, including one from Hardin County, were indicted last week by a Hardin County grand jury on charges as part of an undercover investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.
The men believed they had made arrangements with minors to engage in sexual activity when in fact they had been interacting online with undercover detectives, authorities said. When they arrived in Hardin County for their intended meetings, they instead were confronted by law enforcement.
All of the alleged offenses occurred either Aug. 29 or Aug. 30, according to indictments.
The men — who range in age from 21 to 65 — are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.
Melvin Dowell, 53, of Rineyville; Jimmy Kwizera, 21, of Louisville and Charles Ashley, 65, of Adolphus in Allen County all were indicted on one count each of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in a sexual or other prohibited activities, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
Ashley and Kwizera are charged with one count each of attempted use of a minor in a sexual performance, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
All were indicted of misdemeanor attempted distribution of obscene matter to minors.
Thinking he was talking to a young girl, Kwizera reportedly met an undercover detective online and set up a meeting Aug. 29 in Elizabethtown, according to an arrest citation. When he showed up, he was arrested by Kentucky State Police.
He was released the next day from the Hardin County Detention Center on a $2,500 cash bond.
Dowell requested a meeting Aug. 30 to engage in sex acts, according to his arrest citation, and was arrested by Elizabethtown police.
He was released from the jail Sept. 3 on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Ashley was arrested Sept. 13 by KSP and remains in the jail on a $5,000 cash bond. The alleged incident occurred Aug. 29, according to court records.
The arrest citation said Ashley met an undercover detective who had posed as a minor online. After being told the fictitious chatter’s age, the report said Ashley requested sexual images, sent sexual images and requested to meet and engage in sex acts.
• Justin Pitcher, 29, Elizabethtown, flagrant nonsupport.
• Frankie Vertrees Jr., 18, Rineyville, first-degree bail jumping.
• Altez Lynch, 19, Hodgenville, first-degree, subsequent offender trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine; first-degree persistent felony offender.
• Travis Cundiff, 40, Elizabethtown, possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; public intoxication from a controlled substance, excludes alcohol; first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
• Edwin Jimenez, 30, Elizabethtown, possession of marijuana; first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
• Brandon Ireland, 30, Cecilia, flagrant nonsupport; second-degree persistent felony offender.
• Andrew Holmes, 41, Elizabethtown, second-degree assault; first-degree wanton endangerment.
• Keri Barnett, 29, Hodgenville, first-degree, subsequent offender trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine.
• Hubbard Sadler Jr., 48, Louisville, first-degree bail jumping.
The following people accepted rocket docket plea agreements for felony charges:
• Cody Davis, 20, Hodgenville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – LSD.
• Patrick Price, 33, Brandenburg, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
• Christopher Lewis, 34, Radcliff, complicity to trafficking in financial information; first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.
• Barbara Lee, 35, West Point, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine; no registration plates; possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree possession of a controlled substance – Hydrocodone.
• Mark Sablan, 26, Vine Grove, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot.