Friday, August 8, 2003

Pair indicted in child porn case

102 counts follow arrests on charges of sex abuse of children

By Murray Evans
The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - A man and his wife were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on more than 100 counts involving child pornography.

Terry E. Adkins, 25, and Jane M. Adkins, 33, were charged in U.S. District Court with one count each of conspiracy to receive child pornography, 100 counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

The indictment alleges that from September 2002 to July 14, the couple received numerous images of child porn. The indictment also alleges that the Adkinses possessed the child porn on July 30, the day before they were arrested at their home in Nicholasville.

Gregory Van Tatenhove, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky - whose office filed the federal charges - was not available for comment Thursday after the indictment was returned.

Terry Adkins also faces a first-degree sexual abuse charge in Boone County and charges of sexual abuse and indecent exposure in Scott County. The charges stem from reports of sexual abuse of children from June 24 through July 19. Police also are investigating similar incidents in Boyle and Mercer counties but have not charged anyone.

Terry Adkins faces charges of kidnapping and first-degree sodomy in Jessamine County. Nicholasville Police Chief Barry Waldrop said the couple baby-sat the 2-year-old male victim sometime between April 2002 and July 2003. Waldrop said the boy was a neighbor.

Jane Adkins has been charged in Scott County with complicity to commit sex abuse.

Numerous law enforcement agencies have investigated the couple. They include the FBI; police departments in Georgetown, Danville, Nicholasville and Harrodsburg; the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Kentucky State Police.

The Adkinses learned during testimony on Tuesday that the person who turned them in is a woman who said she is Terry Adkins' birth mother. The informant told a Lexington television reporter that her son matched police sketches of the suspect in the sexual-abuse in Scott, Boyle, Mercer and Boone counties.

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