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Former youth minister in court June 9

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Lunceford accused of rape, sodomy, sexual abuse

By Ben Carlson

The former youth minister accused of raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing at least two children in 1992 is scheduled to appear in court June 9 for a settlement conference.

During a pre-trial conference Monday morning for Gordon Lunceford, 46, of Richmond in Anderson Circuit Court, his attorney requested that the June 9 date be in Shelby Circuit Court, followed by a status conference June 22 in Anderson Circuit Court.

Judge Charles Hickman agreed.

Lunceford, who in 1992 was youth minister at First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, was charged last summer with six counts of third-degree rape, five counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree sexual abuse.

According to court documents, one victim was under the age of 16 at the time and another was under 14.

The victims were not named in the indictment and were identified only by their initials. They apparently came forward with their allegations last summer, according to a news release issued by Kentucky State Police.

The alleged abuses occurred from August, 1992 to November of that year. The first was Aug. 5 when, according to court documents, Lunceford committed third-degree rape by engaging in sexual intercourse with the victim, who was under the age of 16 at the time.

In another count, Lunceford is accused of using his position as a person with authority or special trust to engage in sexual intercourse with a person under 16 when he came in contact with her as a result of that position.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.