Steve Ward is guilty

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I heard today his trial is coming up. I hope the people of Versailles and Woodford Co. is not fooled by this man. Just because he is a public figure does not mean he is not guilty. He needs to pay for hurting people. Especially children!
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Oct 31, 2011
 
Were you a victim??
truth and justice

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I thought his trial was to be in Oct. I guess he got it postponed again? The guilty get by while the innocent suffer.
plenty of victims

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Versailles wrote:
Were you a victim??
There are plenty of victims. I wish more would come out. He keeps getting it delayed when he just needs to confess and take the sentence. I know they are just hoping it will go away but it will not. If he gets off it will be a crying shame. Just like OJ and the rest of the scum bags get off. Our system is so bad! Please let give justice to the VICTIMS!
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Nov 1, 2011
 
Please let give? WTF is that?
dont let down victims

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Rere wrote:
Please let give? WTF is that?
I think what they are trying to say it lets don't let down the victims. Lets convict him and make him pay for what he has done. It is a very emotional issue and people just want to see him get what is coming to him. I hope the Prosecutor will stand up for what ever the defense throws and convict this man. He has hurt so many people.
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I hope they call his wife in to testify that his son is adopted and they have never slept together. She can really tell all. I don't know how anyone can sleep at night knowing what she and the boy knows. She really needs to come forward like the rest of the victims.
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I hope they call his wife in to testify that his son is adopted and they have never slept together. She can really tell all. I don't know how anyone can sleep at night knowing what she and the boy knows. She really needs to come forward like the rest of the victims.
OH, were you in their bedroom? How could you know if any of this is true, unless you were there. So if you did not see it with your eyes maybe you should keep comments to yourself.
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He Is a weird guy!!! In his bathroom at the funeral home are of young boys using the restroom...
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Pornographic photos and sexually explicit messages from Internet chats cannot be introduced by the prosecution at the upcoming trial of former Woodford County coroner Steve Ward, a judge ruled Monday.

However, the victim whom Ward is accused of sexually abusing will be able to refer in testimony to additional acts of sodomy even though they may not be specifically cited in the 2010 indictment against Ward, Special Judge Bill Clouse ruled.

Ward has pleaded not guilty to six counts of third-degree sodomy in a case involving an adult male who was 14 when the incidents were alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2000. The trial is scheduled to start Dec. 12 in Versailles.

Ward, 57, who was coroner for 20 years, lost re-election last year to Ronald Eugene Owens.

The photos and computer chats between Ward and other men were stored on a "thumb drive," a device that stores data, that was seized by police during a search of Ward's house and offices. Special Prosecutor Andy Sims said he wanted to introduce the photos and the computer chats because they were "inextricably intertwined" with other evidence essential to the prosecution's case.

For example, the victim was shown some of the photos before the alleged acts of sodomy occurred, Sims said. However, the prosecution does not intend to introduce "any specific images" at trial, Sims said, but his motion said the prosecution would offer the evidence to prove Ward's "motive, opportunity, intent, preparation" and plan.

Sims said the texts of the Internet chats are relevant because it demonstrates that Ward, who is married and the father of one son, is "a bisexual who has an attraction to men."

But Ward's attorney, Patrick Nash, said none of the photos depict minors. Furthermore, most of the images depict adult women or adult heterosexual acts, but no acts between men, Nash said in his motion to exclude the evidence.

Likewise, the sexually suggestive chats appear to be between two consenting adults, and there was nothing in the chats concerning child sex abuse, Nash said in his motion to exclude. Nash argued that the photos and chats had "no connection to the case" and were prejudicial and inflammatory to the defense's case.

Clouse agreed and ruled that the photos and chats should be prohibited at trial.

However, Clouse ruled that the prosecution will be allowed to introduce evidence that Ward allegedly engaged in acts of sexual abuse and sodomy other than those specified in the indictment because they show a "common pattern or scheme." Sims said there are 20 to 30 such acts.

Clouse also ruled that the prosecution should provide the defense with a copy of treatment records from Lexington clinical psychologist Dr. Steven Stwertka, who treated the alleged victim. The records indicate that the victim spoke of his alleged abuse to Stwertka.

Nash argued that he needs to see those records to prepare a defense, and to allow a defense expert to examine the documents to assist in preparation for trial.

Clouse cautioned Nash that the documents should remain confidential and should be seen only by the defense team and the expert chosen to examine them.

Nash also said Monday that he has engaged in preliminary "settlement discussions" with the prosecution, "but we're not there yet."

If the case does go to trial, it is expected to last about five days in Woodford Circuit Court.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/01/1942028/pr...
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thats whats going on but the stuff will be introduced because the victim was shown the stuff. It will come out in trial when the victim testifies. If he is smart he will plea and take the lesser time if not they could give him up to 25 year in jail.
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<quoted text> OH, were you in their bedroom? How could you know if any of this is true, unless you were there. So if you did not see it with your eyes maybe you should keep comments to yourself.
Hey who care, how would you like it to happen to you, your sister, your brother, your daughter, your son, your mother, father, cousin and the list goes on and on. You have no idea the damage this has caused the victim plus the families. People need to know what is right and what is wrong and it is ok to come forward and tell. Hopefully justice will prevail. So think about it. How and what would you do if this happened to someone close to you. Well you would feel like the rest of us do. Nobody would come forward and be put thru this hell if it wasn't true. Nobody.
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Nov 1, 2011
 
I graduated with Steve's son and I am curious to know who the alleged victim is.
I KNOW

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I bet it is some of the Owens family, cause i know that Mr. Owens will lie to get a head
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He is creepy
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Best thing that happened to the county was that Ward was unelected as coroner. They state admitted he talked to underage children
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It was a lose lose election for this county!!
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You gotta love the lynch mob mentality. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? He might be creepy, strange, etc. but that doesn't prove anything. Leave it to the jury, all of you armchair judges.
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You gotta love the lynch mob mentality. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? He might be creepy, strange, etc. but that doesn't prove anything. Leave it to the jury, all of you armchair judges.
Im glad you are lol. How would you like it to happen to someone close to you. Oh that would be a different story. May your daughter or son. Then what would you think. Its no laughing matter. Yeah i agree innocent to proven guilty but he is a public figure and all of us know what special treatment they get. Its not fair. This trial should have been tried months ago. They have so much on him that their is no way he will get off. why don't you have sympathy for the vicims. I guess you are related to him. Maybe I will lol on that.
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<quoted text>Im glad you are lol. How would you like it to happen to someone close to you. Oh that would be a different story. May your daughter or son. Then what would you think. Its no laughing matter. Yeah i agree innocent to proven guilty but he is a public figure and all of us know what special treatment they get. Its not fair. This trial should have been tried months ago. They have so much on him that their is no way he will get off. why don't you have sympathy for the vicims. I guess you are related to him. Maybe I will lol on that.
See, you prove my point regardless of your agreement on innocent until proven guilty. And I do have sympathy for victims, but also believe in the justice system. It's not perfect, but its all we have.
Ward has money, which equals good lawyers, which equals delay, delay, delay and fight every step of the way. Sooner or later he will be before a jury of his peers who will decide his fate based on the evidence. I don't know him, not related to him, and don't really give two sh*ts about him. I just think its funny how so many people have already tried and convicted him in their own minds and would be perfectly happy to bypass a trial and hang him on the courthouse steps. Even funnier, these are probably the same people who present themselves as "good Christians" (oxymoron).
So, in summary...lol on this 8===>

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