Possible Federal Charges
Against Suspects In Sexual Assault
Although 17-year old Colton Cavanaugh appeared in Christian Circuit Court before Judge John Atkins Thursday morning, he could not be arraigned due to his attorney being sick. Judge Atkins told Cavanaugh that his attorney must be present at every step of the process.
Atkins rescheduled Cavanaugh's arraignment for Tuesday, December 30, with Cavanaugh to also be moved to Christian County Jail following his next court appearance.
In the meantime, Cavanaugh will remain lodged in the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center. Meanwhile Christian County Commonwealth's Attorney Lynn Pryor says all the defendants in the case could be facing federal child pornography charges.
Pryor says she is not sure how quickly the U. S. Attorney's Office will make a decision concerning possible charges.
Wednesday the other defendants in the October 12 sexual assault case, 20-year old Dayton Jones, 18-year old Samual Miller, and 19-year old Tyler Perry were arraigned and entered not guilty pleas. Jones and Miller are scheduled to appear in court next week for a bond reduction hearing, with Perry's attorney Brandi Jones requesting a bond reduction hearing December 30.
The four are accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year old boy on October 12th. The boy suffered such severe trauma that he was taken to Gateway Medical Center for life threatening injuries. They are also accused of taping the assault and sharing it on social media.