A Frankfort man has pleaded not guilty in Franklin Circuit Court to 42 counts of possession of pornographic material portraying a minor.
Thirty-three-year-old Jamie Roberts, of 271 Bonnycastle Drive, was charged after Kentucky State Police found he had 24 images and 18 videos “depicting an actual sexual performance by a minor with knowledge of its content and character,” according to court records.
Police discovered Roberts had plans to sell at least one of the images Aug. 11, according to his indictment.
According to state police, Roberts faces charges in Anderson County, including sexual abuse and attempted sodomy, which led to the six-month Franklin County investigation, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Todd said Friday in court.
Roberts is charged with 42 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distributing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. He is lodged at Franklin County Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.
In other action in court Friday, William Durham, 59, who is charged with three counts of attempted murder of a police officer after a March 29 standoff, has been transported to Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center for evaluation.
Durham was slated for arraignment Friday, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Durham was involuntarily hospitalized at KCPC “for purposes of medication and evaluation for responsibility and competency.”
Durham was arrested last month after the day-long standoff with state and city police at Salem Square Apartments on East Fourth Street.
A neighbor called police when she saw Durham loading a handgun after they exchanged words. The officers performed a domestic check, but Durham told them to leave. After a few words, police lost contact with him.
Over the course of the standoff, Durham fired three shots from the apartment. Police used an irritant gas to force him out.
In Durham’s Franklin District Court arraignment, his brother said he has been diagnosed as a schizophrenic and needs to be medicated.
Durham faces three counts of attempted murder and two counts of wanton endangerment. He is held on a $500,000 bond.