Brothers convicted of sexually abusing children; Lincoln County jury recommends life in prison

bestep@herald-leader.comApril 18, 2014 

James Robinson denied the abuse charges. Five victims gave testimony.

A jury in Lincoln County on Thursday convicted two brothers of multiple charges related to sexually abusing children and recommended they serve life in prison.

Jurors convicted James Matthew Robinson, 41, on several counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance in addition to charges of sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, said Carol Hill, the assistant commonwealth's attorney who prosecuted.

His brother, Timothy Robinson, 36, was convicted of use of a minor in a sexual performance, incest and sodomy.

The jury, which heard testimony about the brothers abusing children related to them over an extended period, recommended that James Robinson serve life plus 150 years in prison.

The panel recommended a sentence of life plus 70 years for Timothy Robinson, who already was serving 20 years after pleading guilty in an earlier case to incest and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

James Robinson took the witness stand during the three-day trial and denied abusing children, but the jury convicted him and his brother, who did not testify, in short order.

Hill said the investigation by Rodney Wren, a detective with Kentucky State Police, identified seven underage victims in the case. Five of them testified.

Hill commended the courage of the victims and the work of Wren, social workers, local authorities and others who worked on the case.

"This was government working the way it ought to work," she said.

James and Timothy Robinson are scheduled to be sentenced June 14.

The two are the brothers of Clarence Robinson, who was convicted several years ago of raping a 12-year-old girl who he then married.

The state Supreme Court threw out his conviction on a statutory rape charge that was based on him having sex with the girl when she was 14, because they were married at the time, but let stand his conviction on charges of raping her before the marriage.

He is in prison now.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1

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