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Man pleads guilty to sexual abuse, sodomy, incest

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By Shannon Brock

A Taylorsville man avoided a trial by jury by entering a guilty plea on Friday to charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and incest.
A trial had seemed likely in the case, but Robert Anthony Divine, 34, entered into a plea agreement in Spencer Circuit Court.
With all of those charges, the victim was under 12 years old, according to court records.
Terms of the commonwealth’s attorney’s offer were not discussed in open court, but Divine’s attorney, Stephen Wright, indicated his client would be facing some jail time by asking the judge to consider a “three-day furlough” in order for Divine to take care of some personal business.
However, Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell said she objected to Divine being released under any circumstances.
Judge Charles Hickman agreed and told Divine he would need to establish a power of attorney.
A pre-sentencing investigation and a sex offender registry check were ordered, and Divine is set to be sentenced on Aug. 8 at 9 a.m.
The Kentucky State Police Post 12 issued a news release Sept. 20, 2012, that included descriptive information about Divine and information regarding how to contact the post with information on his whereabouts.
Divine was arrested Sept. 23, 2012, in Nicholasville at a residence on Cypress Street and lodged in the Jessamine County Detention Center, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.
On Aug. 23, 2012, a joint investigation by KSP and the Cabinet of Families and Children led to Divine’s indictment.
Divine has been lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center since Sept. 26, 2012.
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A Falmouth man who pleaded guilty in April to “shooting up” with heroin in the Country Mart parking lot was sentenced to probation on Friday.
Kevin A. Highlander, 40, was sentenced to three years for complicity first-degree possession of a controlled substance, heroin; three years for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and 12 months for complicity possession of drug paraphernalia. The sentences will run concurrently and be probated, with Judge Hickman telling Highlander it was clear he needed to seek treatment.
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A Taylorsville man arrested in April 2012 for manufacturing methamphetamine pleaded guilty to that charge in Spencer Circuit Court on Friday.
Stanley D. Carney Jr., 31, is now scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 8 at 9 a.m.
Judge Hickman allowed Carney to be furloughed to treatment at Isaiah House and said the sentencing could be further delayed if Carney is advised not to leave treatment at that time.
Carney was arrested April 24, 2012, after a meth lab was located in a 1997 beige Chevy Blazer parked at a residence in the 4700 block of Little Union Road.
The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department discovered a one-step meth lab as well as an HCl generator, ammonia nitrate, coffee filters, salt, lithium batteries, acid, Coleman fuel and pseudoephedrine in the vehicle.
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A Mount Eden man charged with attempting to murder his girlfriend was originally scheduled to be in court on Friday, but a disposition hearing was rescheduled for July 3.
Benjamin W. Mobley, 59, of the 2100 block of Murphy Lane, was indicted in early December 2012 on charges of criminal attempted murder, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.
Benjamin Mobley’s nephew, Sammy “Frankie” Mobley, 37, of Waddy, was also indicted in early December on a first-degree wanton endangerment charge after he allegedly attempted to run over Benjamin Mobley’s girlfriend with his motorcycle during the same incident.
Both Mobleys were scheduled to appear in court on Friday, and though Sammy Mobley was present, the hearing was rescheduled to July 3 at 1:30 p.m.