More Serious Charges Levied On Lincoln Co. Student

Justin Lee Davis is now facing two felonies instead of a felony and misdemeanor. Prosecutors decided to increase the charges because of what happened at Lincoln County High School.

19-year-old Davis was only a few weeks away from graduating high school. He was charged with sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment, but now Davis is charged with a more serious offense of kidnapping.

“Since he duct taped her and committed the offense of sexual abuse, we felt after I had a chance to review it, it was a more appropriate charge,” said Lincoln County Attorney Daryl Davis.

Police say Davis committed inappropriate acts with the duct taped 16- year-old female victim while the students were in a greenhouse as part of a project to sell plants to the community. Davis' attorney says others saw what happened, and he wants to hear their side of the story.

“It will be important to hear from the young lady making the allegations as well as the other witnesses who were there. Evidently there were a few others in the room and we want to hear what they have to say,” said Bill Erwin.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Monday. Instead, Davis pleaded not guilty to the more serious charges.

The preliminary hearing is now scheduled for May 19th. The county attorney says the victim could testify in that hearing.

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  • by true Location: lincoln on May 19, 2008 at 09:15 PM
    marie vw his is your son and thats why u are saying all these things. sorry for your loss but think if it was your little girl that this happend to what you say about it then. think about it that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by sad Location: stanford on May 19, 2008 at 09:11 PM
    marie form wv. i have read your comments and it is clear that if have youred in the judicial system then that is whats wrong with it. keep the horseplay as u call it in wv and out of ky. i wonder what your friends and faimly in wv would say if they knew u aggred with this type of thing. im sure they would not want u or your faimly around there children. as for the other children im sure the prosecuor has already spoke to them or he wouldnt be taking it to the grand jury. and form what i know about all this the media did leave somethings out and if u knew them you would being singing a diffrent tune
  • by pat Location: stanford on May 19, 2008 at 09:02 PM
    i cant belive what im reading on here. wv what are u thinking about when u say just horse play? i fell very sorry for you if you grew up where this sort of thing was done as horse play. As for the man. and yes 19 is a man, he should be punished to the max allowed. If he isnt then it says it is ok to do whatever u want to do to a girl if u think its ok and it starts as a joke. as for the other kids is the class if they had said that something else had happened then this man would still be in school and not facing jail.
  • by Lynn Location: KY on May 8, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    Whether the teacher was present or not, and whether other people were present or not, is beside the point. Kids/adults are unsupervised all the time in high schools. It is not difficult to get dismissed from class and roam halls, etc. If this man done what they've said he did (and no one has come forward saying that he didn't, by the way), it was wrong, and he should be punished. I would hate to see what he's capable of in private if he's willing to do something like this in a public place with others around. I think he needs to be punished and he needs help. This girl is going to have to live with this the rest of her life and who knows how it has affected her and her family. And if my son had behaved in such a manner, I would expect that he would have to be punished and accept the consequences. That behavior is just totally unacceptable, no matter how long you've worked in the "judicial system"!!
  • by Marie Location: WV on May 7, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    I have read the comments responding to my comment. I have worked in the judicial system for many years, I have seen many cases coming in to court. All of us that has commented was not at the location and we do not know what happend only what the media is telling us. There were other children in this room at the time according to the media, we need to know their comments as to what really happened and what about the teacher-where was he and why was he permitting this go on in the first place? If the teacher walked in and a child was being assaulted in any shape or form, the teacher would have stopped it. There is a lot went on here that the media didn't mention. So this young man is being judged by you, Lexington without a fair trial. Why don't you think a little bit before you are ready to get your gun and start the execution of a 19 year old. That is supposed to be innocent before until proven guilty. This young man could have been your son. Think about this!!!!!
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on May 7, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    My husband and I agree with soldier.If this man would have duct taped our daughter to a chair and sexually assaulted her,bet your bottom dollar he would want to handle this 19 year old himself,and we would have no problem doing so.He's an adult,and if he wants to act like he did,he has to face the consequences.For this 'concerned reader' to say this soldier is out of line MUST not have children,else they would have a clue what a parent feels toward their child when it comes to protecting and loving them.How can ANYONE say sexual assualt is horseplay is beyond me.This Marie,or anyone who agrees with her,cannot be a mother in any sense of the word.We are not sitting in front of the computer being judge and jury.It's common knowledge what this man did!He SHOULD have known better,and you that are supporting him SHOULD know better,too.You all know what he did is wrong.If not,I sure wouldn't want to be your teen daughter going through something like this needing your support!She's be lost!
  • by Karen Location: KY on May 6, 2008 at 08:47 PM
    Is it right to judge someone without knowing their full story? Who is it for anyone to say what really happened? I would be careful about juding people by just what you see on the news. I agree with Marie, what is the world coming to when people are allowed to sit in front of a computer and be judge and jury.
  • by concerned reader Location: kentucky on May 6, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    As i read down thur these comments I think each of you should go back and read what you have typed. "I am confident the girl's father would prefer to handle the justice himself, I would." says Soldier from Lex. So for saying that maybe you should be charged to the fullest extent possible, or removed from service since you would like to see someone hurt or kill someone else. Also I think solider you should go back and read and know the correct charges.You should never judge until you know the complete details. I also would like to know where this young man has been charged with assault? There is a difference between the two words assault and abuse. So keep in mind when typing in the furture what if this was you or your loved one. I am sure you would not be typing these comments. Then you wonder why our young people have no respect. Maybe it is because the older people do not show respect themselves. Stop, think, and rethink being speaking this would do wonders for all people.
  • by Kevin Location: Kentucky on May 6, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    Marie, I agree a lof of these things get overblown but I really don't think so this time. If it ever was horseplay that quit when the girl said no and the man kept going. These idiots and their duct-tape.
  • by Soldier Location: Lexington on May 6, 2008 at 11:37 AM
    Horseplay?? It is sexual assault. It makes no difference what the initial reason for taping the girl to the chair was, once the assault took place he progressed to a felony. I am assuming at some point this girl decided it was no longer "horseplay"; this is where the false imprisonment charge may come from. Apparently, this young man has never had to be held accountable for his actions. I have concerns with the school when they allow a 16 y/o girl to be isolated with a 19 y/o man. I am confident the girl's father would prefer to handle the justice himself; I would. So, Marie from WV, ask yourself this, would you allow your young daughter to be alone with this 19 y/o man?
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