Church leader indicted

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Grand jury alleges two juvenile girls were victims of sexual abuse

By Becky Barnes, Editor

A Harrison County grand jury issued indictments against seven individuals during its Tuesday session,

Many of those facing charges have been under indictment previously.

Brent Myers Smith, 25, who is an alleged youth minister at Christian Faith Center Pentecostal Church, 2854 KY Highway 36 Easst, faces multiple sex-related charges.

Smith is alleged to have abused his position of authority to gain sexual favors, according to the indictment. He is also accused of having sex inside the church as well as his grandparents’ residence and inside his vehicle while it was parked at Eastside Pharmacy.

Smith faces 14 counts of sex charges for incidents that allegedly occurred between January 2011 to April 2012 and involved two girls under 18 years old.

Smith is charged with three counts of use of a minor less than 16 years old in a sexual performance, two counts of use of a minor less than 18 years old in a sexual performance, third degree rape, third degree sodomy and seven counts of first degree sexual abuse.

Smith was arrested on the charges on Nov. 19 and released on a $20,000 bond the following day.

However, the new bond on Tuesday’s indictment was set at $35,000.

Kentucky State Police Det. Anthony Gatson investigated the case.

In three separate indictments, Daniel Cline faces numerous charges of theft and forgery.

The first indictment alleges that Cline, 36, possessed and passed six checks taken from Oakwood Baptist Church to Walmart and Bridge Street BP totaling $828.05 between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18.

He is also charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking (firearms). He allegedly took a Marlin .22 caliber rifle and a Browning 12 gauge shotgun belonging to Mike Hayes.

Cline also faces two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His bond is $5,000 on each of the three indictments.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jeffrey Streitenberger faces a three-count indictment following an investigation into an alleged drug trafficking incident on Oct. 13.

Streitenberger is charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) first offense with 20 or more doses, trafficking in marijuana, less than eight ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond is also $5,000.

Brian Watson, 42, was indicted on drug-related charges that stem from an Aug. 25 arrest made by Cynthiana Assistant Chief William  Denton.

Watson faces a three-count indictment on charges of first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin) first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, second offense.

His bond is $2,500.

Janet Hall, 50, who was indicted in September on drug trafficking charges, faces more drug charges following Tuesday’s grand jury session.

Hall was indicted on four counts including first degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) first offense, first degree possession of a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first offense, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her bond is $5,000.

A Dec. 10 jury trial for Hall was cancelled on the previous indictment and will be rescheduled.

Joshua Shelton, 21, is charged with theft by unlawful taking two firearms from Walmart -- two CVA Optima V2 50 caliber black powder rifles, and theft by unlawful taking under $500.

His bond is $5,000.

Thirteen counts of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument were issued against Justin D.  Spicer.

Spicer, 21, is accused of possessing and passing 13 checks on the account of Donald W. Spicer at Iva’s Place totaling $1,610.

His bond is $2,500.

The grand jury also offered a “no true bill” in a second degree burglary charge against Briana Beagle.

 According to court documents, there were insufficient votes to issue an indictment.