Constable indicted on sex charges

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A Franklin County grand jury today indicted Russ Campbell on charges that he raped, sodomized and sexually abused a female under the age of 12.

Campbell's also charged with use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Campbell, a Franklin County constable for more than 20 years, is charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sex abuse of a female under the age of 12.

The indictment also charges Campbell with one count of using a minor female under 16 in a sexual performance and one count of unlawful transaction with a minor female under 16.

If convicted of all charges, Campbell could face up to 20 to 50 years in prison or life.

Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dana Todd said the commonwealth plans to "aggressively and vigorously pursue these charges as we would in any case particularly when it involves a child."

Campbell is currently under a federal indictment for possession of child pornography, conspiracy to distribute child pornography and distribution of child pornography. He's being held without bond at the Fayette County Detention Center.

The U.S. charges against Campbell on conspiracy and distribution charges each carry a penalty of from five to 30 years in prison and the possession charge carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

Allegations that Campbell engaged in the sexual abuse of a child in Franklin County followed his arrest at his Indian Hills home earlier this month. FBI and Frankfort police began another investigation, leading to the local charges in today's indictment.

Todd said the federal and local investigations are ongoing.

Frankfort Police spokesman Steve Clark said anyone who might know or have been a victim of Campbell is urged to contact the Frankfort Police Department at (502) 875-8525.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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