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Arrest in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 04/13/2007

(LONDON, KY) - On Wednesday, April 11, 2007, Kentucky State Police Detective Stacy Anderkin arrested and charged Barbara Therese Pielack, 57, of Wray, GA with Twelve (12) counts of Rape 3RD and Twelve (12) counts of Sodomy 3RD. Detective Anderkin also arrested and charged James Russell Thornton, 64, of Wray, GA with Twelve (12) counts of Rape 3RD and Twelve (12) counts of Sodomy 3RD. The arrest is a result a one-month investigation into the allegations with an indictment warrant being issued in December 2006. The alleged acts occurred over a six- (6) month period of time in 2006. Pielack, a former employee of the Trillium Center in Corbin, KY, began a personal relationship with the victim after the victim was treated and released from the facility. Thornton was unemployed at the time of the alleged incidents occurred. Pielack and Thornton left KY after the allegations surfaced and were arrested in GA in February 2007 as Fugitives from justice. Due to the age of the victim (less than 14 years of age) no identifying information will be released. Pielack and Thornton were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Detective Anderkin is in charge of the investigation.

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