Trial date set in human trafficking case

I am glad to see that this trial is underway. This is a sad case as one pedophile sold a child to another pedophile.

COVINGTON – A convicted child molester who allegedly sold a boy he sodomized to another pedophile will be tried in January on a human trafficking charge.

Bobby Jo Perry II, 39, of Elsmere faces five years to 10 years in prison if found guilty of the charge. He will be tried along with Lance Antonio Presswood, 42, of Cincinnati. Presswood is charged with first-degree sodomy.

The trial is set for Jan. 19 in before Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Kastner claims Perry accepted money from Presswood in exchange for allowing that man to also sodomize the boy.

Kastner claims Perry and Presswood became acquaintances while locked up at the Kenton County jail on charges unrelated to molesting the boy. Kastner said Perry accepted the money after the pair got out of jail, but Kastner didn’t know the amount that was exchanged.

Perry has been booked into the Kenton County jail at least eight times since 1997. Most of the arrests were on domestic violence charges. Presswood has been sent to the jail seven times since 2003 on charges ranging from cocaine possession to a probation violation.

Perry wasn’t present for the hearing setting his court date. He is currently awaiting sentencing after a jury found him guilty last week of first-degree sodomy. The crime is punishable by 20-50 years or life in prison, and the jury recommended a 45-year sentence. Bartlett will sentence Perry on Nov. 8.

Presswood, freed July 2 on a $1,000 bond after his initial trial date was postponed, was in the courtroom Monday but declined to comment.

The law making it a felony in Kentucky to force someone into labor, domestic work or the sex trade went into effect in July 2007. Ohio passed a similar law in December 2008.

Perry’s wife, 57-year-old Ernestine Perry, is also charged with multiple counts of rape for allegedly molesting the same boy. Her trial date hasn’t been set.

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