A Johnson County grand jury handed down 29 indictments Wednesday, among them an indictment against a Thelma man alleged to have committed charges including rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a minor.

Marvin P. Martin, 34, of Thelma, is alleged, in the indictment, to have committed the offense of second-degree rape by “knowingly and unlawfully … engaging in sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years of age,” second-degree sodomy by “knowingly and unlawfully … engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years of age,” and second-degree sexual abuse by “knowingly and unlawfully … subjecting a person less than 14 years of age … to sexual contact” between 2017 and this year. 

Martin had not been arrested and no dates had been set in his case as of presstime Friday.

Also indicted were: 

Justin Harless, 29, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of second-degree escape, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. Harless was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Mark A. Crouch, 32, of Columbus, Ohio, was indicted on charges of first-degree robbery, a class B felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000 and first-degree escape, a class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Jonathan Owens, 30, of Salyersville, was indicted on charges of second-degree escape and tampering with a prisoner monitoring device, both class D felonies carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. Owens was charged as a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Suzanna Moore, 30, of Louisa, was indicted on charges of second-degree escape and tampering with a prisoner monitoring device, both class D felonies carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Nicholas Ward, 40, of Inez, was indicted on charges of second-degree escape and theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000, both class D felonies carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Casey Spence, 20, of Blaine, was indicted on charges of second-degree escape and theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000, both class D felonies carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Michelle Hale, 37, of Prestonsburg, and Greg Jones, 40, of Prestonsburg, were indicted on a charge of second-degree escape in complicity with one another, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. Hale was also indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Rebecca Ratliff, 36, of Hagerhill, was indicted on three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000 per count.

Melissa L. Terry, 36, of Wittensville, was indicted on a charge of first-degree bail jumping, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000, and two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Steve Meeks, 62, of Paintsville, was indicted on a charge of second-degree escape, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. Meeks was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Larry E. Burton, 49, of Ashland, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), a class B felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors carrying a maximum sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of no more than $500.

Lawrence Songer, 38, of Valdosta, Georgia, was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000, possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of no more than $500, and public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of no more than $250.

Nicole J. Ramey, 48, of West Van Lear, was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property with a value of less than $10,000, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000, second-degree promoting contraband, a class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of no more than $500, and operating a motor vehicle under a suspended or revoked operator’s license, a class B misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of no more than $250.

Amanda Howard, 37, of Ulysses, and Sam Howard, 37, of Ulysses, were both indicted individually on a charge of knowingly exploiting an adult for a value of more than $300 in complicity with one another, a class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Raymond K. Roman, 44, of Van Lear, and Melissa Leedy, 42, of Staffordsville, were indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine) in complicity with one another, a class C felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of no more than $500. In addition, Roman was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Robert D. Bolden, 45, of South Point, Ohio, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. Bolden was indicted in a separate case on a charge of was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Amanda S. Harper, 37, of West Liberty, was indicted on a charge of first-degree promoting contraband, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Michael S. Kimbler, 33, of Sitka, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. Kimbler was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Kenny McKenzie, 39, of Flat Gap, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Kenneth Hurley, 28, of Van Lear, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Stephen Hatton, 51, of Paintsville, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Michael D. Arrowood, 32, of Meally, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

The grand jury returned no true bills on the following:

A request for an investigation in the case of Steven Dalton, 35, of Oil Springs, who died March 6 in an armed standoff with Kentucky State Police troopers, was returned a no true bill due to insufficient evidence.

A no true bill was returned for Larry E. Burton for the charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance as the defendant was indicted on trafficking charges.

A no true bill was returned for Nicole Ramey on the charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance as a KSP lab examination found no scheduled controlled substance. 

An indictment is not an assertion of guilt; it is a finding by a grand jury that further investigation into a case is required to make a decision.  All those listed as having been indicted are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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