One of the suspects in a case of alleged sex with two minors had a bond hearing in court on Friday.
Anthony Demont Hale, 30, appeared before Judge David Tapp in Pulaski Circuit Court to hear that his $150,000 bond would not be reduced, according to the Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.
Hale’s trial date is currently set for September 8.
Hale is charged with seven counts of third-degree rape. He was indicted in May along with Rickie Robinson Jr., 23, and Kristy E. Johnson, 35, all from Somerset.
Robinson was indicted on one county of third-degree rape, and Johnson was indicted on eight counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, illegal sex act.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office stated that Johnson is set for arraignment on June 23, and that both she and Robinson have $50,000 cash or property bonds. Hale’s cash or property bond is three times that amount.
According to information provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, Hale, Robinson, Jr., and Johnson were all arrested in mid-May on multiple charges after an investigation allegedly revealed that Hale and Robinson Jr. had sexual contact with a 14-year-old female and 15-year-old female, both daughters of Johnson.
School Resource Officer Deputy Scott West came across information on the alleged activities and contacted Det. Glen Bland, with the sheriff’s department’s Criminal Investigation Division.
According to Bland, the females had been having sex with Hale and Robinson Jr. — who both lived in the same home as the victims and Johnson at 3345 Ky. 80, Lot C, — throughout January and February 2014.
Bland said Hale and Robinson, Jr. told investigators they did have sexual contact with the two females, who have been taken out of the home and placed in foster care, where they remain.
An indictment is an accusation only. A defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty by a jury.
Chris Harris is a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.