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Circuit Court: Woman who pleaded guilty to drug-related charges gets ‘second chance’

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By Shannon Brock

A Spencer County woman who pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in February will get a second chance at getting those charges eventually dismissed even though she had a “dirty” drug screen.
Patricia Hagan, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; and one count of possession of marijuana. She was sentenced in March to three years, which were to be diverted for five years.
Hagan, now represented by attorney Bill Stewart, violated the terms of the diversion program with a dirty drug screen, but has been clean since then, Stewart told Judge Charles Hickman in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday.
Stewart said Hagan has a job, is in a stable relationship and is attending a substance abuse program with Seven Counties.
Stewart said this was a “wake up call” for Hagan and asked Hickman to continue the diversion.
Hickman granted that request and advised Hagan to continue the Seven Counties program.
If no other violations occur during the diversion time frame, the charges against Hagan would be listed as dismissed/diverted on her record.
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A Taylorsville man charged with first-degree rape, first degree sexual abuse involving a child under 12 years old and six counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor appeared in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday morning.
Robert Michael Howard, 42, was in court Thursday for a disposition hearing. Previously represented by private counsel, Howard was represented Thursday by public defense attorney Stephen Wright.
Hickman scheduled the case for a status conference on Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.
Howard allegedly engaged in intercourse with a person less than 12 years of age and “knowingly had in his possession or control any matter which visually depicts an actual sexual performance by a minor person.”
A Kentucky State Police news release said KSP Post 12 launched an investigation in January 2012 following a complaint of possible sexual abuse filed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Spencer County office.
According to the release, the initial complaint was sent to KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown because the victim had moved to the Post 4 area, but was then turned over to Post 12, which serves Spencer County.
The alleged incidents occurred in Spencer County between August and December 2011, according to the indictment.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Ron Turley said previously that a direct indictment was the result of a state police investigation. Turley said few details regarding the charges could be released because of the case’s sensitivity and the ongoing investigation.
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A 37-year-old Taylorsville man facing charges of promoting a sexual performance by a minor and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor appeared in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday.
Chad M. Rahrig, of the 200 block of Courtney Lane was present with his attorney, John Helmers, for a disposition hearing.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell told Hickman that she and Rahrig’s attorney had an appointment this week to review evidence in the case.
Hickman set the next court date for Rahrig as Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. and said if no agreement is reached by that point, he will set a trial date.
Rahrig faces two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor, one count of tampering with physical evidence and five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
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Larry T. Wayne Jr., 24, of Yoder Tipton Road, appeared in circuit court on Thursday for a disposition hearing on meth charges stemming from an April 2012 incident.
Wayne has completed inpatient treatment, and Hickman urged him to continue his outpatient treatment.
Wayne’s case was also put on the docket for Sept. 12 for another disposition hearing.