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Governor Gives Some Rights To Convicted Molester

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has restored some rights to a Lexington man convicted of child molestation charges.
Beshear gave back the right to vote and to hold office to Ron Berry, who served three years in prison after being convicted in 2002 on 12 counts of sodomy involving teenage boys.
Berry formerly headed a youth program that is now defunct.
The Lexington Herald-Leader quoted attorney Gayle Slaughter, who
represents several people who accused Berry of molesting them that
she doesn't mind allowing Berry to vote, but is "at a loss for words" on the governor allowing him to hold office.
Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton said the governor routinely approves the partial restoration of civil rights if applicants have served their sentence, paid restitution and have no further charges against them.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

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