Crime

Grand jury to review charges in cases against 76-year-old twins

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

Charges that twin brothers Jack and Jerry Cassidy of Lexington had sexual contacts with two juveniles in the mid-1970s were waived to a Fayette County grand jury during a district court hearing Thursday morning.

The Cassidy twins, now 76, were initially charged with possessing child pornography, based on hundreds of images that police say they found at the brothers' Mason Headley Road home earlier this month.

The brothers were then charged with indulging in "indecent and immoral practices" with the two juveniles "on multiple occasions" in 1974 and 1975. One victim was 11 years old when the alleged sexual abuse began; the other was younger than 15, according to court documents.

Those charges have been modified to include second-degree sodomy. The victims are identified by initials only in papers filed with the court.

The twins had a disheveled appearance for Thursday's court appearance. They arrived holding canes. The men came into court separately to sign the waiver agreement.

The grand jury will review the charges to determine which ones will stand.

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