Beshear: Boyd County man indicted on sodomy, sexual abuse charges

Six-count indictment involves minor victims

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Special Prosecutions announced the indictment of a Boyd County man on sodomy and sexual abuse charges.

63-year-old Timothy Ray Sr., of Catlettsburg, was indicted Aug. 1 by a Boyd County grand jury on one count of first-degree sodomy and five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, for crimes that occurred between 1994 and 2015.

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Beshear’s office said Ray’s indictment superseded a 2015 indictment and included additional charges involving minor children. Based on the severity of the felony charges, a jury could recommend Ray serve a 65 year prison sentence.

Ray is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center and scheduled to be arraigned in Boyd Circuit Court Aug. 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

As chair of the Kentucky Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, Beshear works with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky with funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund to help train parents, caregivers, advocates and law enforcement on how to make the internet safer for children and protect children from sexual abuse.

Kentuckians interested in supporting the fund can visit icareaboutkids.ky.gov or designate a portion of their state income tax refund by simply checking the box on the return form.

Over the last two and a half years, Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit has removed a record number of child predators from Kentucky communities.

Beshear said that Kentuckians have a moral and legal duty to report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.