GUILTY: Child sex abuser enters guilty plea

Photo by Emily Baker Jimmy Wayne Leach is escorted to a Knox County Detention Center van after a count hearing.
Photo by Emily Baker
Jimmy Wayne Leach is escorted to a Knox County Detention Center van after a count hearing.

Nearly a year after being arrested, Jimmy Wayne Leach, 59, of Barbourville, entered a plea to Judge Lay. Leach kept his head low and voice quiet as he pled guilty Wednesday, Aug. 19. Leach was arrested in Sept. 2014 and charged with three counts of first degree rape, three counts of first degree sodomy, three counts of incest and three counts of first degree sexual abuse.

Jimmy Leach
Jimmy Leach

Leach pled guilty to two counts of sexual abuse, first degree, against a victim under 12. Each count earns Leach five to ten years in prison, to be served consecutively. His sentence hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23