Surprise development in court involving former UK player

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The sentencing for a former University of Kentucky basketball player who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an underage girl did not happen Thursday morning after a surprise development in court.

Michael Porter was arrested in May 2012 and charged with six counts of third degree sodomy and two counts of first degree sexual abuse.

Police say he had sex with a 14-year-old girl he met through his leadership role at Southland Christian Church.

Porter pleaded guilty to some of the charges back in May. Just before he was to be sentenced Thursday morning the defense entered a motion for Judge James Ishmael to recuse himself. The judge agreed.

The case has now been sent back to the court administrator for a random re-draw. A new hearing date has not yet been set.

Porter played for UK from 2006 to 2009.

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