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Nicholasville couple charged with sex abuse

NICHOLASVILLE — A Nicholasville couple was charged Monday in connection with the sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, police said.

Howard Wheeler, 40, of No. 12 720 South Main Street, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest, Jessamine County Deputy Sheriff Allen "Doodle" Peel said.

The alleged abuse happened in February 2008, Peel said.

Wheeler's wife, Cathy, 40, was charged with tampering with a witness. Cathy Wheeler is accused of trying to prevent the alleged victim from describing the abuse, Peel said.

Both Wheelers were lodged in the Jessamine County jail and are scheduled for video arraignment Tuesday before District Judge Janet Booth.