Four indictments handed down

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Four indictments were handed down by the Marshall County grand jury after their October meeting last week.

The one for Harlen Reeves, 51, of Moulton, Ala., was described in Friday's edition of the Tribune. It was newsworthy because the case had to be presented by Mike Bottoms, District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District, since one of the victims of Reeves' attempted thefts was related to an employee in the DA's office for this district.

Dallas Jay Stewart, 27, of Lewisburg, was indicted in September. At that time a 26-count indictment listed one count of exhibition of materials to a minor; 11 counts of rape of a child; and 14 counts of aggravated sexual battery. Stewart is alleged to have shown the "materials" to one girl, but to have committed the rapes and the sexual battery with her and another girl, both under 13 years of age, in July 2009.

This month, a direct presentment was made to the grand jury, and they handed down an additional indictment for Stewart, stating that he "did knowingly, unlawfully and feloniously possess material that included a minor engaged in sexual activity, or simulated sexual activity, that is patently offensive." Significantly, the number of these materials or images is said to have exceeded 100, making it a Class B Felony.

William Thomas Cobb, 19, of Belfast, was arrested in July, after an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The grand jury indictments state that in January 2009, Cobb "used measures of coercion upon a minor child in an attempt to engage in sexual intercourse with said minor child, and also used electronic communication to request a minor child to engage in sexual intercourse with him." In July 2009, another count of the indictment states that Cobb "exposed a minor child to a text message picture which contained sexual activity, in an attempt to arouse said minor child." According to affidavits of complaint sworn by Joshua J. Melton of the TBI, the child was 12 years old in January.

After an incident on Sept. 20, Kerry Calahan, 37, of Belfast, was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated domestic assault, assault, two thefts under $500, resisting arrest, public intoxication, and violation of an order of protection.

According to the report by Lewisburg Police Officer Jackie Sands, Calahan forced his way into a house; assaulted his ex-girl friend, who has order of protection against him, and another person; fled on foot with both of their cell phones; and resisted arrest when he was found hiding in another house. Calahan is said to have been intoxicated at the time.

Now Calahan has been indicted by the grand jury on all these charges. Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That is determined by a jury or by a guilty plea.