MADISON — A Ridgeview man indicted on three counts of third degree sexual assault was stand trial in Boone County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m., according to Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson.
Robert W. Stringer, Jr., 27, of Ridgeview was back in Boone County Circuit Court Wednesday, July 15, for a status hearing as the case against him moves forward.
Stringer was arrested back in 2013 after allegedly picking up a 14-year-old girl from a school in Paintsville, Kentucky and bringing her to his home in Boone County and having sex with her, according to his indictment.
Initial investigations by Kentucky officials pointed to an online relationship between Stringer and the juvenile female, police said, which resulted in Stringer allegedly traveling to the victim’s school and picker her up when school was dismissed. The pair then traveled back to Stringer’s residence in Ridgeview, according to police.
The girl’s parents did not know where the child was and reported it to Kentucky authorities and they alerted Boone County officials of the situation.
Stringer was initially charged with custodial interference, but was later indicted on the third degree sexual assault charges.
Prosecutors in the case said Stringer has been deemed responsible and competent to stand trial and no plea deal was made in the case.
Stringer’s defense attorney also reported receiving forensic evidence from the state in the discovery process of the proceedings.
Stringer is facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
• In other Boone County courtroom news, a former home health nurse in Boone County was in court Wednesday, July 15, for a status hearing.
Terri Lynn Bell, 51, of Danville, was originally arrested several months ago and charged with the abuse of two incapacitated adults. According to court documents, Bell committed the crimes over the month of February of this year.
The documents first explain Bell’s alleged crimes against the first victim. Those documents read that Bell was working as nurse and was going to the victim’s apartment to care for him. The victim suffered from a mental disability that makes her “unable to carry out the daily activities necessary to sustain life.”
The documents go one to read that Bell stole the victim’s prescribed medication, in this case, Clonazepam. That female victim had to be hospitalized as a result of not receiving her medication.
Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said Bell admitted to them that she stole the victim’s medication and replaced it with former medication and birth control pills.
Bell’s second victim, according to those same documents, is a male, who was in the same state as the previous, unable to take care of himself.
In this case, however, Bell “attempted to present or cause a controlled substance prescription claim to be made to the medical programs of the Department of Health and Human Resources.”
Bell allegedly obtained possession of that victim’s Clonazepam “by unlawfully removing the pills” and once again, substituting other medications.
The male victim, according to deputies, was also hospitalized as a result of not having his medication.
Bell is charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult, two counts of obtaining by fraud, and attempted Medicaid fraud, bribery, false claims, and conspiracy.
Both the prosecutor and Bell’s defense attorney reported to the judge that a plea deal in the case was nearly complete, so a plea hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 2:30 p.m.
The judge also granted a motion by Bell’s attorney to allow her to attend her son’s sporting event in Louisville, Ky., from July 22-26. There was no object by the state.
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