Former Logan County Preacher Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Admitted to Transporting a Minor Across State Lines to Have Sex; Sentence to Be Served Consecutively to State Sentence
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 20, 2011|
BOWLING GREEN, KY—A former Logan County preacher will spend 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in United States District Court to charges of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in sex. In court today, Jody Dewain Lusk received the agreed upon sentence that includes 10 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Lusk, 37, of Auburn, Kentucky was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky in April, 2010. The indictment alleges that between September 3, 2009, and September 5, 2009, Lusk transported a person under 18 years of age, in interstate commerce for the purpose of having sex.
Lusk is in the custody of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, in connection with state charges that arose from the same victim. Lusk is serving a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty in Logan County Circuit Court to six counts of second-degree rape and six counts of second-degree sodomy. The sentence includes five years’ conditional probation.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser, and it was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.