Crime

Lexington twins, 77, indicted in sex abuse case involving juveniles

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

A Fayette County grand jury has indicted 77-year-old twin brothers Jack and Jerry Cassidy on a variety of sex-related offenses against juveniles dating to the 1970s.

Jerry Allen Cassidy was indicted on one count of possession of a matter portraying a sex performance by a minor, two counts of second-degree sodomy, four counts of indecent and immoral practices with a child younger than 15, one count of third-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

His brother, Jack Elliot Cassidy, was indicted on all the same charges but with one less count of indecent and immoral practices with another, according to the indictment returned Monday.

Two of their accusers were younger than 14; four were younger than 15; and one was younger than 16, the indictment says. The accusers were identified only by initials in the indictment, and some appear to have been mentioned more than once. For example, "C.S." is mentioned in one count of second-degree sodomy from 1975 and one count of third-degree sodomy from 1976. And "K.B." is mentioned in offenses that occurred between 1972 and 1975.

The earliest offense allegedly happened between 1970 and 1971, when Jerry Cassidy allegedly committed the offense of indecent and immoral practices with another when he "carnally abused the body" of a child younger than 15.

"Indecent or immoral practice with another" is language reflecting a provision of the Kentucky state criminal code that was in effect at the time.

Other offenses allegedly occurred from 1972 to 1976, the indictment says. A Lexington police officer identified as "D. Truex" on the indictment was the lone witness to testify before the grand jury.

This is not the first time the twin brothers have been in trouble with the law. 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 Aug. 12 on child-pornography charges at their home.

At that time, the Cassidy brothers were facing charges of possessing or viewing child pornography. Officers said they found "hundreds" of images of young boys at their home on Mason Headley Road.

The indictment does not say — and investigators have not discussed — whether the Cassidy brothers' most recent accusers were involved with the Boy Scouts.

The Cassidys had been free on bond from a previous court appearance but were arrested Tuesday and lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center. They are scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 24 in Fayette Circuit Court.

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