A man accused of sexual abuse and sodomy charges entered a plea and received his final sentencing Wednesday afternoon before Judge Andrew Self.

Wesley R. Banks was accused of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in a 2016 case.

According to New Era archives and the arrest warrant, he subjected two minors to sexual contact by touching their genitals over their clothing.

However, in a 2013 case, Banks was charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of first-degree sodomy. Banks also entered an alford plea to those charges Wednesday afternoon.

In early 2018, Banks was found guilty by a jury for three counts of first-degree sexual abuse in an entirely different case.

However, Banks and his attorney at the time, Nan Calloway, filed a motion seeking a new trial. They claimed Banks did not get a fair trial because the court refused to grant a continuance filed just three days before the trial was slated to begin.

That motion was denied. Since then, Banks filed an appeal for his case to have it reconsidered.

As part of the alford plea he entered Wednesday, Banks would receive a sentence of five years in prison with credit for time served and must withdraw his appeal.

As part of the plea, Banks would also be granted a conditional discharge as long as he completes sex offender treatment. Should he not complete the treatment, he would have to serve out the remainder of his five years.

The court also discussed that Banks may have already served his required five years as part of these two cases. However, Banks will have to go before a parole board for them to determine if he has in fact already served that time and if he is eligible for parole.

A woman previously accused of multiple counts of complicity to sexual abuse and possession of matter portraying sexual acts by a minor also received her final sentence from Self Wednesday morning.

Katina Bittler was previously accused of 34 counts of complicity to incest, four counts of complicity to use a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, four counts of complicity to possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 19 counts of complicity to sodomy, 15 counts of second-degree complicity to rape, two counts of first-degree complicity to unlawful transaction with a minor under 16, second-degree complicity to sodomy and two counts of first-degree complicity to sexual abuse.

Bittler was a codefendant of Timothy W. Trump who recently received 20 years in prison for 34 counts of incest, four counts of use of a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sodomy, 15 counts of second-degree rape, two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16, second-degree complicity to sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Bittler recently pleaded guilty to the amended charges of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor with a recommended sentence of 20 years in prison.

However, on Wednesday she received five years of supervised probation.

Self agreed to grant her probation based on several factors, including she had no prior criminal record, she terminated her parental rights to the victims, the length of the 20-year sentence that looms over her head should she violate any rules of her probation and, finally, based on the sentence the primary perpetrator (Trump) receiving 20 years in prison.

Although Bittler was the co-defendant in Trump's case, she was mainly charged with complicity charges and as such was not considered a primary perpetrator, as Trump was.

In other court news:

A man accused of sexual abuse in four different cases had his case continued once again by Self Wednesday afternoon.

John Patrick Reed, 50, is accused in two 2014 cases for sexual abuse and rape. In one case, he is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12. In the other case, Reed is charged with two counts of first-degree rape of a victim under the age of 12 and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12.

He is also charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12 in a 2015 case.

Reed has an additional 2018 case carrying charges of one count of first-degree rape, two counts of sexual abuse and one count of incest of a victim under the age of 12.

Reed's defense attorney, Stephanie Ritchie, was absent again in court Wednesday afternoon as she is sick with the flu. Ritchie also missed Reed's last court appearance Feb. 6. Defense attorney Eric Bearden stepped in for Ritchie and asked Self to continue the case to allow Ritchie for more time to prepare for Reed's case.

Reed was scheduled for another pretrial conference slated for April 3.

Reach Avery Seeger at 270-887-3236 or aseeger@kentuckynewera.com. Follow him on Twitter @AveryNewEra

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