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UPDATE – Fugitive has been located and arrested
Kentucky State Police Post 14 Ashland Requests Public’s Assistance in Locating Fugitive
James Gartin is wanted for Felony Rape, Sodomy and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

Date of News Release: 1/25/2017

Ashland, KY (January 25, 2017) – Troopers located and arrested Mr. Gartin in the Yellow Creek area of Lawrence County. He was arrested without incident and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, KY.

Ashland, KY (January 25, 2017) – The Kentucky State Police in Ashland is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted fugitive from Lawrence County.

James Gartin, age 53, of Ponderosa Court in Ashland is wanted by the Kentucky State Police on the following charges issued in Lawrence County:

  • Rape 1st Degree
  • Sodomy 1st Degree (X2)
  • Endangering the welfare of a minor

On Friday, January 13, 2017 an investigation began into the sexual assault of a female juvenile under the age of 12. It was reported Mr. Gartin had became a friend of the family and was able to gain access to the juvenile. Over an extended period of time Mr. Gartin engaged in sexual intercourse and sodomy with the juvenile. (Any other specific details of the investigation are not available for release.) During the course of the investigation evidence was obtained resulting in arrest warrants being issued for Mr. Gartin.

Mr. Gartin has a listed address on Ponderosa Court in Ashland, but is known to frequent the Clifford and Yellow Creek areas of Lawrence County.

The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information relating to this case or the location of Gartin. Callers may remain anonymous and can call the Kentucky State Police at 606-928-6421.

The investigation is ongoing by Det. Sam Lawson.

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