Monday, 09 30, 2013
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the guilty plea of a Breathitt County man facing charges of sodomy and sexual abuse of a minor.
Thomas Reed Stamper, 33, entered the plea Friday in Breathitt Circuit Court. Stamper entered an Alford plea, meaning he did not confess to the crimes, but admitted that due to the amount of evidence against him, a jury would likely find him guilty.
The charges stem from crimes that occurred in 2005. The victim, who was under the age of 12 at the time, is the child of a woman Stamper was dating. The abuse took place at the child's mother's home while the mother was at work. The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police and was prosecuted by General Conway's Office of Special Prosecutions at the request of the Breathitt County Commonwealth's Attorney because of a potential conflict.
"Crimes against children will not be tolerated," General Conway said. "I appreciate the hard work of the Kentucky State Police and my prosecutors who brought this case to a successful close."
The Commonwealth recommended that Stamper serve seven years in prison on the charge of sodomy in the second degree and six years on the charge of sexual abuse in the first degree. Final sentencing has been set for October 11, 2013 in Breathitt Circuit Court.