The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently affirmed a judgment in a Floyd County case in which a man was sentenced to 10 years for the sexual abuse of two children.
The Court of Appeals affirmed the Aug. 2017 judgment in the case against Stanley Jervis, 56.
Jervis, represented by Prestonsburg Attorney Timothy Parker, filed appeals following a 2017 Floyd Circuit Court trial in which a jury found him guilty of first-degree sodomy, second-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Following the trial, Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris sentenced Jervis to 10 years on the sodomy charge, one year on the sexual abuse charges and five years for the burglary charge, with all of those sentences set to run concurrently, or at the same time, for a total of 10 years.
The Court of Appeals reports that Jervis was 52 years old when the crimes took place against two children, one of whom was 12 years old and one of whom was 14 years old.
At trial, Jervis asked the court to sever the crimes into two cases, one for each of the victims. Parker argued, among other things, that it was prejudicial for both cases to be heard by the same jury. Harris denied the motion and Jervis filed the appeal after the sentence was imposed.
The Court of Appeals, however, found that Jervis failed to demonstrate that any prejudice occurred by joining the two cases.
The alleged victims lived in the same area as Jervis and, the Court of Appeals said in the ruling, he “used his relationship” with the their caregivers to gain access to them in 2016 and 2016.
He “pursued both (victims) in a strikingly similar manner and engaged in a continuing and common pattern of conduct as to both,” the ruling says.