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Elderly man accused of abuse, rape

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HORSEPEN – An 80-year-old man was arrested last Friday after a US CareNet employee overheard a troubling conversation where he reportedly admitted to raping a disabled woman. 

According to the arrest warrant, on February 1 Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams was contacted by US CareNet regarding a telephone call to one of their clients. The US CareNet employee told Adams they had made a call to their client, Harvey George Puckett, age 80, of Horsepen Road, Salyersville, but at the end of the conversation Puckett had not hung up the phone. 

Immediately after the phone call was supposed to end, the employee began hearing a troubling conversation, reporting that Puckett was attempting to have sex with a disabled woman. While still on the line, US CareNet employees called Magoffin County 911 and Adams was dispatched to the home on Horsepen Road. 

When law enforcement arrived, Adams reported he found only Puckett and the woman at the residence. Adams picked up the telephone and talked with the US CareNet employee, who advised the entire 42-minute conversation had been recorded. Adult Protective Services were contacted and the female was taken to safety, according to the report.

Adams obtained a copy of the phone call, reporting that throughout the conversation Puckett attempted to get the woman to have sex with him, repeatedly asking her to remove her underwear. When she did not comply, he allegedly told her he would see that she was put into a nursing home because she refused to have sex with him. He continued trying to coerce her, at one point telling her he was “going to have sex with her whether she wanted him to or not,” according to the police report. 

Also during the recorded conversation, Puckett allegedly admitted to penetrating her with his finger in the past and indicated that he thought they had had sex at an earlier time. 

Harvey was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time, charged with the knowingly abuse/neglect of adult by person and second-degree rape (mentally incapacitated). 

On Monday, February 5 Puckett pleaded not guilty to the charges in district court. A preliminary hearing in the case is slated for February 11 at 9 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

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Heather Oney