Lexington police have received 'numerous' calls about twin brothers facing child porn charges

jwarren@herald-leader.comAugust 13, 2014 

Jerry, left, and Jack Cassidy

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Lexington police have received "numerous" calls about the case of 76-year-old twin brothers who are facing charges of possessing child pornography.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Wednesday that the calls were from people offering information about the case. But she would not discuss specifics about the information that was provided to investigators.

News reports have indicated that Jack Elliott Cassidy and Jerry Allen Cassidy were volunteer Boy Scout leaders in Lexington in the 1960s. However, Roberts said that had not been confirmed by investigators.

Officials with the Bluegrass Council of the Boy Scouts of America have said they could not find the brothers' names in their records. But council CEO James "Chip" Armishaw said through a spokeswoman Wednesday that he was checking with national scouting headquarters in search of confirmation that the two had been scout leaders.

The Cassidy brothers were arrested about 4 a.m. Tuesday, after police found child pornography materials at their house in the 800 block of Mason Headley Road, police said.

Officers initially went to the house about 10 p.m. Monday to assist the firefighters with a medical call, according to police.

In scanner traffic Monday night, a dispatcher told emergency responders that a man had fallen and had been down for some time, but his twin brother did not want them to come to the home.

Once they arrived, "there were items visible within the house that raised concern," Police Lt. Clayton Roberts said.

On Wednesday, Roberts said that officers then obtained a search warrant and returned to the home later Monday.

Investigators found pornographic materials in various locations inside the house. Roberts said police took a computer and a camera as evidence.

Roberts would not say how many pornographic images police found and she wouldn't discuss a time span for the photos. She said that officers were checking the computer that was taken from the home.

"I can say that it could be a mix of images, meaning images that they might have made themselves with young people they had contact with, and images that they might have procured through other means," she said.

Asked whether police had talked with any victims, Roberts said that was part of the investigation, "trying to see if we can identify any individuals who might be related to the case."

The Cassidy brothers were both charged with one count of possessing or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Both men entered preliminary not guilty pleas Wednesday during a video arraignment in Fayette District Court. The judge set a $10,000 cash bond for each brother, allowed them three phone calls to hire an attorney, and ordered that they have no contact with any victims.

Jack and Jerry Cassidy apparently have lived at the Mason Headley Road address since at least about the mid-1960s, according to old Lexington city directories.

The 1966 city directory lists Jack and Jerry Cassidy at that address, and it lists both as draftsmen at a Lexington plumbing and heating company.

The address also was listed then as the home of Clarence and Madeline Cassidy. Clarence Cassidy was listed as a manager at the plumbing company where the twins worked. Clarence and Madeline Cassidy died in the 1980s.

The 1998 city directory says Jerry Cassidy was then an engineering assistant for the state, and Jack Cassidy was an engineering tech at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Roberts said authorities are hoping the public will provide them with more information that will move the case forward.

"There are a number of details about this case that are unusual," she said. "It is very early in the investigation. It will take considerable time to work through all the information, and the more information we receive the longer it will take."

Jack and Jerry Cassidy were being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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