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Trial date postponed for man facing sex abuse charges

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By Shannon Brock

The trial of a Taylorsville man facing multiple child sex abuse charges has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.
Robert Anthony Divine, 34, was on the Spencer Circuit Court docket Thursday for his final pretrial conference.
Divine faces charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and incest. With all of those charges, the victim was under 12 years old, according to court records.
Last month, a trial date of April 8 and 9 was set in Divine’s case, but Thursday, Divine’s attorney, Stephen Wright, told Judge Charles Hickman he would be filing a motion to continue because he is waiting to obtain a copy of a taped interview with the victim.
Hickman set another pretrial conference date of May 9 at 9 a.m.
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The first of four Spencer Countians who pleaded guilty to drug charges that came as a result of a July 2012 bust by the Taylorsville Police Department was sentenced in Circuit Court on Thursday.
Patricia Hagan, 38, entered a plea of guilty in February 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.
On Thursday, she was sentenced to three years, which will be diverted for five years. She will be under the supervision of probation and parole and will be required to pay a monthly $10 supervision fee. Should she successfully complete the diversion program, the charges will be listed as dismissed/diverted on her record.
Others facing similar charges from the July 2012 incident — Raymond Birdsong, 62; Margaret F. Tingle, 76; and Terrence E. Gilbert, 48 — are scheduled to be sentenced next month.
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Stanley D. Carney Jr., 31, of Spencer County, and April N. Netherton, 28, of Louisville, were present in court Thursday for a disposition hearing. Their attorney, however, was not.
Both faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, which stem from an April 2012 incident on Little Union Road.
Because Hickman was already approximately 45 minutes into the docket for the day, he passed both cases to April 18 at 9 a.m.
Carney is currently incarcerated and had to be transported back to jail. Netherton, clearly upset with the turn of events, tearfully left the courtroom.