Lexington police: 76-year-old twins had sexual contact with two juveniles as early as '74

jwarren@herald-leader.comAugust 20, 2014 

New charges filed against 76-year-old Lexington twins Jack and Jerry Cassidy involve alleged sexual contact with two juveniles that began as early as 1974, according to court documents.

One of their accusers was younger than 15 at the time. The other was 11 when the contact began, court documents say.

The new allegations charge each Cassidy brother with "indecent or immoral practice with another," language reflecting a provision of the Kentucky state criminal code that was in effect at the time.

Lexington police filed the additional charges Tuesday night, after interviewing both brothers and speaking with their accusers, according to documents filed in Fayette District Court.

According to information that police filed in court Wednesday, Jack Cassidy allegedly had sexual contact with a juvenile "on multiple occasions in 1974-75." The juvenile was 11 when the offenses began, the document says.

It also is alleged that Jack Cassidy "indulged in indecent and immoral practices" with another juvenile "under age 15" in July 1975.

Documents also allege that Jerry Cassidy had sexual contact with the same two juveniles "multiple times," starting in 1974.

The victims are identified by their initials.

Both Cassidy brothers acknowledged the incidents in interviews with police, according to the documentation filed in court.

Fred Peters, the Cassidys' attorney, waived formal arraignments on the new charges in district court Wednesday afternoon and entered not guilty pleas on the brothers' behalf. Judge Julie Muth-Goodman scheduled a Aug. 28 hearing on the new charges.

The Cassidy brothers initially were facing charges of possessing or viewing child pornography, stemming from their arrests last week. Officers said they found "hundreds" of images of young boys at their home on Mason Headley Road.

Early Wednesday, Peters waived the possession charges to the Fayette County grand jury during a hearing in district court.

The twins appeared in court for the first time at Wednesday hearing. They looked disheveled as they shuffled into the courtroom, wearing gold Fayette County Detention Center uniforms. Each entered the room using a cane.

This most recent arrest is not the first for the Cassidy brothers.

The twins engaged in sexual misconduct with young boys more than 30 years ago.

An article from the Herald-Leader archives confirmed that both brothers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of having unlawful transaction with a minor in March 1977 when they were leading a Lexington Boy Scout troop. That case involved contacts with three boys ages 9, 11 and 12.

A juvenile judge probated the brothers' sentences in the 1977 case and ordered them to have no more contact with the Boy Scouts or any other youth organization.

The brothers were out of the spotlight for more than three decades until they were arrested on child pornography charges at their home on Aug. 12.

Investigators have not discussed the previous case or said whether the Cassidy brothers' most recent accusers were involved with the Boy Scouts.

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

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