Crime

Twin Lexington brothers plead not guilty to sex charges dating to the 1970s

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

Twin brothers Jack and Jerry Cassidy pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple sex charges relating to alleged encounters with children dating to the 1970s.

The Cassidys, 77, and their lawyer made the plea at arraignment before Fayette Circuit Court Judge Kim Bunnell. Both men wore orange jumpsuits. Each walked with a cane.

Jerry Allen and Jack Elliot Cassidy are each charged with one count of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor, two counts of second-degree sodomy, one count of third-degree sodomy, and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Jerry Cassidy also faces four counts of indecent and immoral practices with a child younger than 15, while Jack Cassidy faces three counts.

According to an indictment last week, the twins are accused of sexually abusing multiple victims younger than 16.

The earliest offense dates to 1970 and 1971, when Jerry Cassidy allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a child younger than 15. Other offenses allegedly occurred from 1972 to 1976.

Both brothers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of unlawful transaction with three boys ages 9, 11 and 12 in March 1977, when the twins were supervising a Lexington Boy Scout troop.

Police said they found hundreds of images of young boys at the twins' home on Mason Headley Road on Aug. 12.

The brothers' next court date is set for Nov. 6 for a pretrial conference. They were both being held in Fayette County jail.

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