Commonwealth Journal

August 13, 2013

Pulaski man charged with sexually abusing stepdaughter

By HEATHER TOMLINSON
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — A Pulaski County man has been indicted after police say he sexually abused his stepdaughter.

Ronnie Lee Logan, 45, of Hendricks Road, Science Hill, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 10, and charged with one count of incest in connection with an alleged July 2009 incident.

According to Lt. Brett Whitaker, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation began in November 2012 after the alleged victim, Logan’s stepdaughter, reported she’d been sexually abused by Logan.

“The report indicated the abuse had been ongoing for a number of years and had resulted in a child being fathered by Logan with his stepdaughter,” Whitaker said in a press release.

Whitaker said the alleged abuse occurred between 2009 and 2012. The child was born in April 2010. Whitaker said the victim was 17 “when the child was conceived.”

Whitaker said the victim’s mother was living in the home with the victim and Logan, but the alleged abuse reportedly occurred “outside her presence.”

Whitaker said a “lengthy investigation” was carried out, and noted the alleged victim was removed from the home immediately after the incidents were reported.

“We had to schedule a forensic interview, gather DNA samples, and then wait on DNA testing results from the (Kentucky State Police) lab,” Whitaker said. “DNA testing routinely takes 6 months to a year to get results back.

“That testing resulted in conclusive results showing Logan had fathered the child,” Whitaker stated.

The indictment, handed down by a Pulaski County grand jury earlier this month, references the alleged incidence that resulted in the child.

The indictment states that Logan “ ... committed the offense of incest, by knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse with ... his stepdaughter and knowing her to be such a person.”

Whitaker presented the case to the grand jury.  

Logan was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond.

He’s expected to appear in Pulaski Circuit Court on Thursday, Aug. 15.