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Artemus women indicted on sexual offenses

From the Times Tribune

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An Artemus woman who was indicted late last year on several sexual-related charges involving her children has once again been indicted in connection to the alleged incidents along with two Artemus men.


Lora Ethel Davis, 28; Joseph Robert Davis, 29 (who was reported as being taken into custody Tuesday January 29, 2019) ; and James M. Davis, 23, were each named in a 10-count indictment Friday for charges that allegedly occurred on multiple occasions throughout 2015.


Count one through three of the indictment charges Lora Davis, Joseph Davis and James Davis with first-degree sodomy. Count four through six charges Lora Davis, Joseph Davis and James Davis with first-degree sexual abuse. Count seven through nine charges Lora Davis, Joseph Davis and James Davis with first-degree criminal abuse. Count 10 charges Joseph Davis and James Davis with first-degree rape.


On Sept.16, 2018, Lora Davis contacted the Knox County Dispatch Center asking to speak with an officer, allegedly stating she needed to make a complaint against herself. She then allegedly told police that she had sodomized her children three to four years ago. Her arrest citation states that she decided to make her admission because “she needed to go to jail so her kids could have justice.”


Following an investigation, she was arrested and later indicted in November 2018 on three counts of first-degree sodomy. Through further investigation, Joseph Davis and James Davis were also found to be involved in the alleged incidents. According to the indictment, at least three children were involved in the alleged incidents, with their ages at the time being roughly 6, 5 and 4. Lora Davis currently remains jailed in the Leslie County Detention Center. James Davis is currently jailed in the Knox County Detention Center. No jail records could be found for Joseph Davis. An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury; it is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.


Others indicted Friday and their charges include:

- Terry Steven Honeycutt, 47, of Bimble: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, public intoxication, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in an improper container, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree persistent felony offender.


- Mearldene Abner (AKA Mearldene Dean Abner), 51, of Green Road: operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants – fourth offense, driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for driving under the influence – second offense, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to maintain automobile insurance, failure to produce insurance card, no or expired Kentucky registration receipt, careless driving.


- Kevin Carnes, 40, of Barbourville: theft by unlawful taking of the value of $500 or more but less than $10,000, tampering with physical evidence, driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended or driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree persistent felony offender.


- Raymond Paul Mathews, 56, of Corbin: operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants – fourth offense, failure to signal, operating a vehicle with no registration plate, driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for driving under the influence, improper registration plate.


- Jerry Lee Smith, 37, of Flat Lick: unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, distributing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, indecent exposure, distribution of obscene matter to a minor.


- Travis Dewayne Marcum (AKA Travis Perkins), 32, of Cannon: first-degree burglary, two-counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree persistent felony offender.


- Daniel Dale Edwards, 36, of Bimble: first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree persistent felony offender. Edwards was named in a separate, second indictment for charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon first-degree persistent felony offender.


- James Aaron Smith, 29, of Barbourville: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a drug paraphernalia, first-degree persistent felony offender.


Smith was also named in a second, separate indictment for charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and second-degree persistent felony offender.


- Amie M. Weddle, 32, of Williamsburg: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


- William Nick Collins, 27, of Flat Lick: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree persistent felony offender.


- Monica Sue Gray, 19, of Flat Lick: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia.


- Timothy Flynn Gray, 50, of Flat Lick: uttering a false or forged prescription, theft of a legend drug, second-degree persistent felony offender.


- Clarence Sizemore, 38, of Heidrick: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia.


- Crystal Henson, 39, of Heidrick: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.


- Kenny Saylor, 39, of Corbin: two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.


- Jacob L. Riley, 25, of Gray: theft by unlawful taking of the value of $500 or more but less than $10,000, second-degree persistent felony offender.


- Brandon Dewayne Rice, 24, of Barbourville: first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault.


- Kylin D. Hutton, 19, of Lily: first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree terroristic threatening.

- Jerry Lee Vaughn, 39, of Gray: third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking of the value of $500 or more but less than $10,000.


- Jenny Mills (AKA Jenny B. Hinkle, Jenny M. Hinkle, Jenny B. Broughton, Jenny Broughton Lawson), 44, of Barbourville: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, driving a motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for driving under the influence.


- Charles Claxton Davidson, 55, of Corbin: theft of motor vehicle registration plate, first-degree persistent felony offender.


- Charlie Bryan Golden, 39, of Bryants Store: trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, trafficking in marijuana of less than 8 ounces.


- Johnny Lowell Taylor, 23, of Barbourville: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender.


- Clarence Allen Sizemore, 38, of Heidrick: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


- Bobby James Hamilton, 37, of Pineville: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree persistent felony offender.


- Brian Keith Simpson, 50, of Artemus: first-degree bail jumping, first-degree persistent felony offender.


- Bobby R. Sewell, Jr., 47, of Gray: use of a minor in a sexual performance.


- Richard E. Mills, 45, of Artemus: first-degree wanton endangerment.


- Jonathan Michael Rettig, 28, of Walton: first-degree possession of a controlled substance.


- Christopher Wayne Hubbard, 32, of Bimble: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

- Jerry Paul Myrick, 64, of Heidrick: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


- Edward D. Wright, Jr., 27, of Barbourville: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

- Travis Wayne Mills, 34, of Barbourville: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – second offense.


- Ricky Charles Gray, 39, of Flat Lick: program assistance fraud.


- Shardaben A. Patel, 52, of Wakefield, Massachusetts: second-degree forgery.


- James Smith, 38, of Artemus: first-degree bail jumping.


- Joshua Carlton Nathaniel Parks, 24, of Artemus: fourth-degree assault.


- Shawna Y. Moore (AKA Shawna Y. Theobaldm), 46, of Corbin: first-degree bail jumping.

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