Trial likely in Divine case

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Spencer County man faces charges of sexual abuse, sodomy, incest

By Shannon Brock

After going back and forth with offers and counteroffers, a Spencer County man looks likely to face a jury trial on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and incest.
Robert Anthony Divine, 33, appeared in Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday with his attorney Stephen Wright.
Wright told Judge Charles Hickman that his client hadn’t been able to reach an agreement with Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt Donnell, but asked for the two sides to meet one more time before a trial date is set.
Donnell said she would agree to meet with Wright and Divine at the Shelby County Detention Center, where Divine is being held, sometime before Jan. 10.
On that date, Divine is scheduled to be back in court where either the case will be disposed of, if the sides can reach an agreement, or a trial date will be set.
In September, after Divine’s indictment on the above charges, Kentucky State Police Post 12 issued a news release that included descriptive information about Divine and information regarding how to contact the post with information on his whereabouts.
Divine was arrested in Nicholasville after the Nicholasville Police Department responded to a separate complaint.
He has been in custody since his arrest.

Also in circuit court Thursday:

•Christina A. LaPointe, 33, of Louisville, was sentenced to five years probation after entering a guilty plea to second-degree complicity to burglary and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.
The Commonwealth recommended five years on the burglary charge and 12 months on the possession charge, with probation left to the discretion of the court.
LaPointe’s attorney asked Hickman to consider probation and said that LaPointe planned to enter a program to help deal with her drug addiction.
Hickman granted the probation, waived court costs and said that LaPointe was to be released from custody on this case, but thought a separate Jefferson County case might hold her from actually being released.

•The case of Larry T. Wayne Jr., 23, of Yoder Tipton Road, was continued in hopes of giving Wayne’s family a chance to find an inpatient treatment program instate. Wayne was arrested in April and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance - meth (first offense), and unlawful possession of a meth precursor (first offense).
Wayne’s family had apparently found an out-of-state program that would accept Wayne, but pending charges against him prevent him from seeking inpatient care out of state, Hickman said.
A follow-up court date of Jan. 10 was set for Wayne.