Couple in sex abuse case appear for arraignment in circuit court

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By Brad Bowman




The Spencer County couple arrested on multiple charges of sex abuse while living in Eminence during 2012 appeared in Henry County Circuit Court Thursday, March 13.

Brett Smith, 36, of Fisherville appeared in Henry County Circuit Court on a $50,000 property lien bond. Court documents showed Charles and Janet Hines signed the bond for a house at 344 Wilsonville Road in Fisherville for $10,000 at 10 percent of a $100,000 bond.

Smith has been charged with 1st degree sodomy, a class A felony, and three counts of 1st degree sexual abuse, a class C felony. His bond conditions include staying out of Anderson County, having no contact with codefendant, the complaining witness or the witness’ immediate family and residing with parents Charles and Janet Hines.

Codefendant Laura Susanne Pike, 39, of Lawrenceburg, remains on a $250,000 at the Carroll County Detention Center. Pike’s public defender asked Henry County Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad to consider a bond reduction from $250,000 to $10,000 for Pike.

“Incest and sodomy charges are just about serious as it gets,” Conrad said.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Barry Moore opposed the consideration.

“These are serious charges, Judge. It involves sex with her, the victim (name or reference to relationship omitted for protection) and her boyfriend,” Moore said.

“Those are allegations,” Pike replied.

Conrad concluded she would take the reduction under submission.

Pike has been charged with two counts of incest with a victim under 12 or serious physical injury, class A felonies, two counts of 1st degree sodomy with a victim under 12, class A felonies, and 1st degree sexual abuse victim under 12, a class C felony.

The alleged abuse occurred while the couple lived on West Broadway Street in Eminence from July to November 2012.

According to Kentucky State Police Detective Tim Moore’s report, minors living at the residence corroborated the activity.

She will appear in circuit court April 10.