Accused Eminence sex offender in jail again

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By Taylor Riley

An Eminence man, charged with sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and other charges is back in jail after violating the terms of his parole.

Roderick Whitney was arrested on a Henry County warrant at around 6:15 p.m. May 5 by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, where he lives, on three charges of contempt of court, libel/slander and resistance to order for violating the terms of his conditional release.

Whitney appeared in court on May 9 to discuss the April 29 and 30 affidavits, which were filed to court saying Whitney violated the terms of his release. It was revealed in court that Whitney failed to show up for his drug tests, which were mandatory for his probation.

Whitney missed tests on April 3 and 17, according to information obtained at his court hearing. Whitney advised the court that he was “not physically mobile … to get up and out of the house” due to total hip replacement surgery.

Whitney and his attorney Rob Riley addressed the court to ask if Whitney could discontinue the drug tests due to the expense of the test and the fact that Whitney’s charges were not drug related.

Attorney for the Commonwealth Josh Clubb said he did not object to the discontinuation of Whitney’s drug tests, therefore Conrad granted the defense’s request.

Whitney is still held in the Oldham County Jail for 14 days and will not be released, according to Conrad.

Whitney appeared in Henry County Circuit Court in March after the commonwealth accused him of violating the conditions of his bond. Conrad ruled that the act of being in contact with his children without the supervision of Whitney’s mother or aunt was a violation but gave him another chance. She overruled the commonwealth’s motion.

Whitney is facing charges of first degree sexual abuse, second degree unlawful imprisonment, distributing obscene material to minors and second degree persistent felony offender.

These charges stem from an accusation from a 17-year-old girl back in August who alleges Whitney imprisoned and sexually abused her, as well as showed her pornographic material.

Whitney was also charged on Sept. 20, 2018 with three counts of kidnapping a minor, first degree sexual abuse, second degree unlawful imprisonment, one charge of violating the sexual offender registry and one charge of persistent felony offender.

He was accused of kidnapping three children and forcing them to do tasks around his home while sexually abusing one of them in front of the others in August.

Also in September 2018, Whitney was accused of another charge of failing to comply with sex offender registry and persistent felony offender.

Whitney is set to appear in Henry County Court at 9 a.m. on September 12, Riley said to either resolve his case or to move forward and schedule a trial date.