Local man indicted for sex abuse

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By Geoff Hamill

A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against seven people, including one local man charged with sex abuse.

Paul Mattingly, 38, of Kirsch Lane in Springfield, was charged with two counts of sex abuse in the first degree (Class D felony) and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree (Class B felony).

According to court records, Mattingly is accused of having sexual contact with at least two children less than 12 years of age. The alleged incidents took place between August 2008 and March 2009 in Washington County.

Court records indicate that Mattingly is to have no contact with the victims, and is not to be at the location of the offenses, as well as not being arrested or have any further violations.

Bond for Mattingly was set at $25,000 cash. A discovery hearing is set for Jan. 7, 2010, and a pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2010.

In other indictments:

• Justin A. Chambers, 19, of Stringtown Road in Springfield, and Gary W. Kinder, 48, of Barberry Lane in Bardstown, were indicted on one count each of burglary in the first degree (Class B felony), theft by unlawful taking, firearm (Class D felony) and criminal mischief second degree (Class B misdemeanor).

According to court records, the two allegedly entered a cabin on Short Creek Road owned by Steve Jones on Oct. 19 or 20 of this year. Once inside, they are said to have taken a Ruger 22 rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Bond for each was set at $50,000 cash.

An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

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