Sandy Hook, Ky. (April 8, 2019) On March 1, 2019, Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received a call at 7:15 a.m. from a subject in a rural area of Elliott County, stating a juvenile female had showed up at his residence. Troopers responded to the scene and it was determined the juvenile had been held against her will at a remote location on Lytten Fork Road and had escaped during the night.
After additional conversations with the juvenile, Troopers learned of another female juvenile inside the residence whom they believed was in imminent danger. Contact was immediately made with the Elliott County Cabinet for Health and Family Services to gain assistance in the removal and placement of the juveniles into a safe environment.
Troopers obtained a search warrant for the residence and an arrest warrant for Ronald Stinespring, 48 years of age, of Sandy Hook, Kentucky, the adoptive father of the victims. Troopers had to forcibly enter the residence to execute the search warrant. Once entry had been made Stinespring was arrested after attempting to flee the residence. Following the arrest of Stinespring, Troopers then located the other female juvenile victim the initial victim had advised was being held in the residence.
After serving the arrest warrant, Ronald Stinespring was transported to the Elliott County Sheriff’s Department. While there, Ty Stinespring, 45 years of age, of Cadiz, Ohio, spouse of Ronald Stinespring, arrived and by additional investigative procedures was arrested for Complicity to Commit Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree.
The Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Elliott County Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, the Elliott County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
On March 18, 2019, Troopers with the Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead returned to the residence on Lytten Fork Road in Elliott County to execute an additional search warrant in relation to this investigation. Troopers recovered additional evidence that will assist in the prosecution of the Stinesprings.
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Detective David Zimmerman with the Kentucky State Police presented the investigation to the Elliott County Grand Jury in Sandy Hook, Ky. Indictments have been returned on Ronald Stinespring and Ty Stinespring. Ronald Stinespring has been indicted for the following offenses: Rape 1st Degree (10 counts), Sodomy 1st Degree (10 counts), Incest (10 counts), Sexual Abuse 1st Victim U/12 years old (1 count), Criminal Abuse 1st Degree child 12 or under (11 counts), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (1 count), Endangering Welfare of a Minor (2 counts), Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree on Foot (1 count) and Resisting Arrest (1 count). Ty Stinespring has been indicted for the offense of Complicity to Commit Criminal Abuse 1st Degree (2 counts).
On Wednesday April 10, 2019, the indictment warrants were served on Ronald Stinespring and Ty Stinespring. Ronald Stinespring is being held at the Rowan County Detention Center on a 500,000 cash bond. Ty Stinespring is being held at the Rowan County Detention Center on a 15,000 cash bond. This incident remains under investigation by Detective David Zimmerman and Trooper Justin Flannery.
In addition to state charges, the Louisville Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating possible federal explosives violations. FBI Louisville is continuing to partner with the Kentucky State Police and its other federal partners to determine if there are additional federal charges. FBI Louisville is also currently providing assistance to the victims of these crimes.