Hardin County man sentenced to 30 years in prison for impregnating 13-year-old
If Eugene Hunt survives his 30-year sentence he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 52-year-old man may never see freedom again after getting a 13-year-old girl pregnant.
Eugene Hunt had a child with a child and walked into a Hardin County Courtroom Tuesday ready to take the punishment.
"It is entirely appropriate that this defendant be required to serve what in affect for him will be a life sentence," Hardin County Circuit Court Judge Mark Easton said during the hearing.
If Eugene Hunt survives his 30-year sentence he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Hunt pleaded guilty to 10 felonies -- all relating to the sexual relationship with the victim. Hunt stood silently Tuesday, listening to the pain he'd caused the victim's family.
A relative said, "I just hope that he is right, that he gets what he deserves when he is in jail."
"We have a teenager who gave birth to a child, who was victimized by a family friend," prosecutor Teresa Logsdon said. "I'm not sure any of us could imagine what they've been through. Most folks dream of being grandparents when their kids are much older not when they're teenagers."
Court records said troopers at the Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown found naked pictures of the young girl on Hunt's cell phone. It was August of 2014 and the girl's parents had just learned she was having sex with Hunt. She was already pregnant.
"He was residing with the family -- working for the family at the time -- so he had access to the victim," Logsdon said.
The victim gave birth in February, she's now 15.
"Doing very well, she has loving and supportive parents that have supported her through the process," Logsdon said of the victim now.
But the process isn't over yet. Hunt faces similar charges in Grayson County relating to the same victim. Prosecutors said he offered to marry the teen, claiming they were in love.
"He will be required to undergo sex offender treatment program while incarcerated," Judge Easton said.
Hunt's defense attorney declined to comment to WDRB after the sentencing.
Hunt must serve 20 of the 30 years before he's eligible for parole as part of a plea deal.
In exchange for his confession, the state dropped three rape charges.
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