Middletown man pleads guilty to child molesting

Nov. 23—ANDERSON — A Middletown has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child molesting for having sex with a girl starting when she was 12 years old and continuing over a two-year period.

William Keith Lakey entered the pleas Tuesday as part of a plea agreement in Madison Circuit Court Division 3.

The terms of the plea agreement leave the sentence up to Judge Andrew Hopper, with a cap of 30 years to be served concurrently and with a 9-year sentence out of Henry County on a child molesting charge in 2021.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 7. The state's case was presented by deputy prosecutor Dan Koop.

Lakey was arrested by Henry County sheriff's deputies on a felony charge of child molesting. Police at the time were also investigating an allegation that Lakey had sex with another minor in Madison County, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The probable cause affidavit states the investigation started in April when police were informed that the then-12-year-old girl had been molested by a family friend.

The girl told deputies that Lakey would provide her with marijuana and alcohol before they would have intercourse. She said they had intercourse once behind the shed of a neighbor's house and again in a vehicle parked at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati.

According to the affidavit, the girl told police she and Lakey exchanged explicit photos, as well.

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