3-year sex abuse case settled in circuit court

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By Brad Bowman

By Brad Bowman


Henry County Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad sentenced a Henry County man to five years in three-year-old sex abuse case.

Samuel Cooper, 36, of Lockport, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges involving at the time a 15-year-old female family member.

On Nov. 20, 2011, a domestic disturbance was reported at 2700 block of Harpers Ferry Road in Lockport. Kentucky State Police came to Cooper’s residence where an argument had escalated over accusations Cooper molesting a family member.

According to a report taken by Detective Kurt Buhts, the victim stated Cooper supplied the victim and Cooper’s under age son with alcohol they consumed throughout the day. In the report, Cooper’s wife told investigators she saw Cooper standing over the victim while the two were alone in a shed on the property.

When the victim regained consciousness, she called 911 while running into the woods.

According to the report the victim, “By the early portions of the call she is running through the woods and down the street unsure of where to go, frequently begging the operator to send an officer and to keep speaking so she knows the operator is still there.”

The female had attempted to follow Cooper’s son out of the shed, but according to the victim’s testimony, was blocked by Cooper. Cooper then proceeded to touch her and take off her clothes.

Cooper admitted to law enforcement he had performed sexual acts on the minor while they both were intoxicated. Cooper claimed the female consented.

The Commonwealth offered Cooper the plea deal of third degree sodomy, a D felony, five years for first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony and third degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a class A misdemeanor. He will serve a five-year sentence probated with all charges running concurrent. Cooper must submit to sexual offender risk assessment, submit a DNA sample for HIV testing, complete sexual offender treatment, and register as a sex offender upon completion of his sentence for life..