Two more arraigned on charges from Boyle sex sting operations

Two men rounded up by Boyle County sheriff’s deputies in an ongoing sex sting operation were arraigned in Boyle County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Jordon Campbell of Berea was arraigned on one count of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, a Class D Felony.

Campbell was arrested on Dec. 6, 2017, in Millennium Park, where he allegedly believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for oral sex. The meeting was arranged by the sheriff’s office through a conversation with Campbell in an app; a detective posed as a teenage girl, according to files in the Boyle County Circuit Clerk’s Office. 

“(Campbell) agreed to meet and engage in oral and anal sex,” the file said.

Campbell is out on bond; he is scheduled to be back in court at 9 a.m. on April 3.

Photo courtesy of the Boyle County Detention Center
Michael Cruse

Michael Cruse, of Columbus, Mississippi, was arraigned on one count of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, a Class D Felony.

His attorney, Hadden Dean, has filed a motion for discovery of 51 aspects of the commonwealth’s case, including things such as:

• the Kentucky Revised Statute being used by the state to prosecute Cruse;

• any statements or information read to the defendant before or after the arrest;

• copies of any and all documents obtained during the effectuation of the arrest;

• copies of any documents signed by the defendant; and

• copies of any image, video, audio or other recording relating to the case.

Cruse was arrested on Oct. 28, 2017, in Danville, after he allegedly agreed to meet a detective posing as a 16-year-old and engage in sexual contact, according to files in the Boyle County Circuit Clerk’s office.

Cruse is scheduled to return to court for a status hearing at 9 a.m. on May 1. He is out on bond.

Also in court on charges relating to the sex sting operation:

• Richard Fransen Jr. was present for a pretrial conference. An assessment has been completed of him, according to attorney Ephraim Helton. Franzen, who is out on bond, has been reset for another pretrial conference at 9 a.m. on April 3.

• Shawn Williams was present for a status hearing. Williams is out on bond. He was scheduled for a pretrial hearing for 1:30 p.m. on April 3.

• Dequan Brown was present for a status hearing. He has been rescheduled for a hearing at 1:30 p.m. on April 3.