Berea couple gets probation on charges of inducing daughters to 'date' men

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJuly 11, 2014 

A Berea couple received probation in separate sentencings Thursday on charges that they induced their two daughters to engage in companionship with men in exchange for food or goods.

Anthony Wayne Hart, 50, and Kathy Hart, 46, each pleaded guilty in May to one count of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

Each was sentenced to two years' probation by Madison Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue. Each must not have contact with the two girls or any other children, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Smith said.

The original indictment alleged that between 2009 and 2011, Kathy Hart would approach men in public and ask if they wanted to go out on "dates" with her daughters, who were ages 13 and 14. The men would pay for food and clothes for the girls and sometimes for Kathy Hart.

In November 2002, the Harts were charged with attempting to sell a 3-month-old daughter for adoption in the parking lot of the Danville Wal-Mart. Anthony Hart later entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced to two years in prison.

The charge against Kathy Hart was dismissed after a judge ruled she was incompetent to stand trial. As a term of her latest probation, she must maintain her mental health treatment, Smith said.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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