Prosecutor: Covington man indicted on sodomy, sexual abuse charges

Prosecutor: Covington man indicted on sodomy, sexual abuse charges
Keith West (Source: Kenton County Prosecutor's Office)

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A Kenton County Grand Jury returned an indictment Thursday against a Covington man who allegedly sexually abused a child under the age of 12.

Keith West, 42, is charged with three counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse.

West was arrested Nov. 14, 2019, by Ft. Mitchell Police after a joint investigation involving the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

According to a release from the Kenton County Prosecutor’s Office, West’s alleged crimes occurred at the 12-year-old’s home in Ft. Mitchell.

The prosecutor’s office notes first-degree sodomy of a child under 12 is a class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison, and that first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 is a class C felony punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

The prosecutor’s office adds both charges require a lifetime registration as a sexual offender upon release.

West’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Kenton County Justice Center.

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