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McAlister indicted on 14 counts

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Indictment indicates two victims

By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

A Henry County Deputy Jailer arrested in September on sodomy charges has been indicted.

Anthony L. McAlister, 47, of New Castle was arrested in late September on nine charges stemming from abuse officials say took place from 1987 to 1995.

Last week, the Henry County Grand Jury indicted McAlister on six counts of first degree sodomy, with a victim under the age of 12, a class A felony, and eight counts of class B first degree sodomy.

For the class A felony charges, McAlister is alleged to have engaged in “deviate sexual intercourse” with a juvenile under the age of 12 from 1985 to 1990. Each of those charges carries a minimum of 20 years in prison.

For the class B felony charges, McAlister is alleged to have engaged in “deviate sexual intercourse” with the same juvenile from 1991 to 1994, and another juvenile for three months in 1994 and throughout 1995, both by “forcible compulsion.” Each of those charges carries a minimum of 10 years in prison.

In September, the Kentucky State Police said McAlister’s arrest came about as the result of an investigation initiated by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department earlier this year. KSP also said the charges were tied to three victims, though the indictment involved two.

Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens said he was contacted by a male in May and took several calls about the issue until the subject was ready to meet with an investigator from KSP.

Cravens said McAlister was an officer in the Eminence Police Department in the mid-1980s, but said he did not believe the incidents were tied to his duties with EPD.

McAlister was released after posting bond and is scheduled for arraignment in Henry County Circuit Court on Dec. 10.

 

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