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Lexington police say elderly twins could face more charges in sex abuse case

Jerry, left, and Jack Cassidy
Jerry, left, and Jack Cassidy

Lexington police said Thursday that twins Jack and Jerry Cassidy, 76, could face additional charges as an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse continues.

That news came a day after police charged the brothers with "indecent or immoral practice with another," stemming from accusations they had sexual contact with two juveniles that began as early as 1974. Those charges were filed a week after investigators charged them with possessing or viewing material portraying sexual performance by a minor. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police, speaking at a news conference Thursday, offered a few new details.

Chief Ronnie Bastin, flanked by other city officials, said the allegations were "unique."

"Since the initial arrest of Jack and Jerry Cassidy ... we've received numerous calls, tips and emails and other information about the case," he said. "We realize that the investigation into the Cassidy brothers is likely to bring up past, painful and unwanted memories for people in this community."

The initial investigation began Aug. 11, when police were called to 800 block of Mason Headley Road for a report of an unresponsive man. Officers found a naked man on the ground "with rope and dog collars lying next to him," according to court documents.

Police have said investigators searched the home after seeing some items in plain sight, and discovered hundreds of photos and videos displaying boys ages of 8 to 15 nude and with the Cassidys.

On Thursday, Bastin said the pictures, which showed various sexual acts, were taken from 1963 to 1985.

The brothers are being held at the Fayette County jail. They are set to appear in court Aug. 28.

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