Second victim claims local man sexually abused her as a child

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Robert Michael Stevens now facing sexual abuse charges in Spencer and Estill counties

By Shannon Brock

A Bloomfield man who faces charges of rape, incest and sexual abuse of a child was released before Thanksgiving on a $100,000 cash bond, but he’s back in custody after being indicted on similar charges in another county.

Robert Michael Stevens, 35, of the 3000 block of Franklin Road, now faces a sexual abuse charge in Estill County, according to a Dec. 3 grand jury indictment obtained by the Citizen Voice & Times newspaper in Irvine.
The grand jury charges that Stevens, on or between Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2002, committed the offense of first-degree sexual abuse, victim under 12 years of age.
The Spencer Magnet does not typically identify victims of sexual crimes, but the victim in the Estill County case, Julia Rodgers, spoke to The Magnet on the record when she was in attendance at one of Stevens’ hearings in Spencer County in October.
Rodgers said at that point that she was pursing charges in Estill County. However, the indictment wasn’t handed down until Dec. 3.
Rodgers is the sister of Stevens’ ex-wife, Jenna Crockett, and claims the abuse occurred when she was 6 years old. She is now 18.
Rodgers said she told family about the abuse when she was younger, but they decided not to pursue charges.
However, hearing that Stevens was indicted in a similar case in Spencer County made her want to come forward to help keep it from happening again, she said.
Stevens and his attorneys, Mark Dean of Shelbyville and Steven R. Romines of Louisville, asked last month for a bond relief hearing in Spencer Circuit Court in the Spencer County case.
That hearing was scheduled for Thursday, but did not take place.
On Nov. 26, Judge Charles Hickman signed an agreed order amending Stevens’ bond from $200,000 cash to $100,000. As part of his bond conditions, Stevens was not to pick up any new charges, have no contact with the victim or her family, to be monitored by GPS and have no weapons.
According to court records, Herbert M. Stevens posted the $100,000 cash bond and Stevens was released under the above mentioned conditions.
Stevens is charged in Spencer Circuit Court with three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of incest and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. According to court records, the victim was less than 12 years old.
According to family members who asked not to be identified to protect the identity of the victim, the victim in this Spencer County case is a 6-year-old girl.
Stevens was arrested in this case on Oct. 5 and had been held in the Shelby County Detention Center until is release on Nov. 27.
However, according to the detention center’s website, Stevens was arrested again on Monday and although he was lodged in Shelby County, he was being held for another county.
Stevens entered a not guilty plea in the Spencer County case in October. His next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 9, 2014 at 9 a.m.
Stevens’ case is on the Estill County docket for a review on June 3, 2014.