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Broughton will face grand jury

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By Amanda Manning

 Oldham County High School student Richard Broughton appeared in Oldham County District Court on Feb. 8. 

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Broughton faces charges of video voyeurism, 15 counts of possession and viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 and prohibited use of electronic communication systems to procure minor for sexual offenses. 

According to court documents, Broughton and the victim were sending messages and photographs back and forth over Kik, an interactive messaging application. Some of those photographs were inappropriate. It was unclear from the case file which charge this was referring to. 

When Broughton was asked about this during a search by Oldham County Police and detective Shannon Cunningham he responded, “he used the application Kik and that he had received nude pictures from other girls, but deleted them,” according to court documents. Those files were obtained through a search warrant served to Kik.

According to the underage victim, Broughton also solicited sex over Kik. When asked about this, “he advised that he liked to role play so he talked about it to the victim and other people on the application,” according to documents. 

Police also found hundreds of images and videos of children between the ages of 5 and 18 engaging in sex acts through a search of Broughton’s laptop, cell phone and iPad. It is still unclear where or how the video voyeurism occurred from the court documents.

The 18-year-old’s case was waived to a grand jury in court. 

Broughton, who was released from the Oldham County Detention Center on Jan. 21 on a $10,000 cash bond, attends Oldham County High School. 

On Jan. 20, Oldham County Attorney John Carter motioned to change the conditions of Broughton’s bond. The original conditions of the bond were to commit no new offenses, have no contact with the alleged victim and make all court appearances. 

The new conditions included “prohibiting the Defendant from attending the Oldham County Public School System” and “prohibiting the defendant from having any contact with any person under the age of 18 other than siblings under the pendency of this action.”

The motion also included the fact that the alleged victim, who is under the age of 16, attends the same school as Broughton. 

Since his release, Broughton has filed a criminal complaint that stated that the alleged victim has been harassing him at school and on one occasion attempted to have contact with him. 

The motion also stated, “The defendant’s presence as a student in the Oldham County Public School System continues to bring him in contact, whether intentionally or inadvertently, with children under the age of 18, which does not appear to have been contemplated by the court in its original conditions of release.”

“When we learned of the charges, administrators met with the family to develop a plan for the continued education of the student while the charges are pending,” Director of Communications for Oldham County Schools, Lori McDowell said. 

Broughton is now attending Buckner Alternative High School. During court, the defense motioned to change the conditions of his bond to remain in the program at the alternative school. 

Broughton’s attorney said that he will remain cooperative in his current placement.

Other court news

Christopher Smyzer, who allegedly shoplifted from the La Grange Walmart and then wrecked a stolen vehicle into a home, also appeared in Oldham County District Court on Feb. 8.  

Smyzer’s attorney, Kevin Glogower stated that based on conversations with Smyzer’s father, Smyzer is incompetent to stand trial.

All proceedings will now halt until competency is determined. 

Oldham County District Judge Jerry Crosby added that although this measure stops court proceedings, Smyzer is charged with felonies and he could still be directly indicted, which would take his case to circuit court.

Smyzer faces multiple charges, including no operator’s license, receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, leaving the scene of an accident, failure of non-owner/operator to maintain required insurance, shoplifting, resisting arrest and fleeing and evading police second degree (on foot).

Broughton faces charges of video voyeurism, 15 counts of possession and viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 and prohibited use of electronic communication systems to procure minor for sexual offenses. 

According to court documents, Broughton and the victim were sending messages and photographs back and forth over Kik, an interactive messaging application. Some of those photographs were inappropriate. It was unclear from the case file which charge this was referring to. 

When Broughton was asked about this during a search by Oldham County Police and detective Shannon Cunningham he responded, “he used the application Kik and that he had received nude pictures from other girls, but deleted them,” according to court documents. Those files were obtained through a search warrant served to Kik.

According to the underage victim, Broughton also solicited sex over Kik. When asked about this, “he advised that he liked to role play so he talked about it to the victim and other people on the application,” according to documents. 

Police also found hundreds of images and videos of children between the ages of 5 and 18 engaging in sex acts through a search of Broughton’s laptop, cell phone and iPad. It is still unclear where or how the video voyeurism occurred from the court documents.

The 18-year-old’s case was waived to a grand jury in court. 

Broughton, who was released from the Oldham County Detention Center on Jan. 21 on a $10,000 cash bond, attends Oldham County High School. 

On Jan. 20, Oldham County Attorney John Carter motioned to change the conditions of Broughton’s bond. The original conditions of the bond were to commit no new offenses, have no contact with the alleged victim and make all court appearances. 

The new conditions included “prohibiting the Defendant from attending the Oldham County Public School System” and “prohibiting the defendant from having any contact with any person under the age of 18 other than siblings under the pendency of this action.”

The motion also included the fact that the alleged victim, who is under the age of 16, attends the same school as Broughton. 

Since his release, Broughton has filed a criminal complaint that stated that the alleged victim has been harassing him at school and on one occasion attempted to have contact with him. 

The motion also stated, “The defendant’s presence as a student in the Oldham County Public School System continues to bring him in contact, whether intentionally or inadvertently, with children under the age of 18, which does not appear to have been contemplated by the court in its original conditions of release.”

“When we learned of the charges, administrators met with the family to develop a plan for the continued education of the student while the charges are pending,” Director of Communications for Oldham County Schools, Lori McDowell said. 

Broughton is now attending Buckner Alternative High School. During court, the defense motioned to change the conditions of his bond to remain in the program at the alternative school. 

Broughton’s attorney said that he will remain cooperative in his current placement.

Other court news

Christopher Smyzer, who allegedly shoplifted from the La Grange Walmart and then wrecked a stolen vehicle into a home, also appeared in Oldham County District Court on Feb. 8.  

Smyzer’s attorney, Kevin Glogower stated that based on conversations with Smyzer’s father, Smyzer is incompetent to stand trial.

All proceedings will now halt until competency is determined. 

Oldham County District Judge Jerry Crosby added that although this measure stops court proceedings, Smyzer is charged with felonies and he could still be directly indicted, which would take his case to circuit court.

Smyzer faces multiple charges, including no operator’s license, receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, leaving the scene of an accident, failure of non-owner/operator to maintain required insurance, shoplifting, resisting arrest and fleeing and evading police second degree (on foot).