Convicted sex offender receives sentence

Photo by Emily Baker Joshua Vandusen arrives at the courthouse from the Knox County Detention Center for a pretrial conference earlier this year.
Photo by Emily Baker
Joshua Vandusen arrives at the courthouse from the Knox County Detention Center for a pretrial conference earlier this year.

A Barbourville man, with a total of 12 charges, including sexual abuse, incest and sodomy, entered a guilty plea Thursday, Oct. 1.

Joshua Vandusen, 23, was originally indicted in October 2014 with four counts of first degree sodomy, four counts of first degree sexual abuse, and four counts of incest. At the time the charges took place, the victim was under the age of 12.

A motion passed to amend count six of the indictment (sexual abuse, first degree, victim under 12 years of age) to sexual abuse, first degree.

Of the 12 original counts, Vandusen pled guilty to the single count of sexual abuse, for which the Commonwealth recommended one-year confinement. The remaining charges were dismissed, and Vandusen is to receive credit for time already served in custody.

Vandusens public defense attorney, Kara Ottis, requested an early sentence hearing for Oct. 23, as he has already served a year in custody. Judge Gregory A. Lay denied the request.

My hands are tied, explained Judge Lay. I am required by law to do a sex offender report, which takes at least 60 days.

Vandusens sentence hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.