violates 20-year prior probation sentence
Huskey found guilty on sex charges
Wanda English Burnett
A guilty verdict for a former Osgood man sent him straight to
jail with two sentencing hearings scheduled.
Hes looking at up to 40 years (in prison) Deputy Prosecutor
Ryan King told the Osgood Journal after the trial that
lasted just two days last week in Ripley County Circuit Court.
Robert J. Huskey, 62, was found guilty of Attempted Sexual Misconduct
With a Minor, Class B Felony and Attempted Sexual Misconduct With
a Minor, a Class C Felony. The difference in the charges is related
to the specific sex acts Huskey attempted to commit in August
Huskey had been wanted by police for 16 months when he was finally
arrested in Ohio. When police first came looking for him, he lied
saying he wasnt Robert, but rather his brother. The second
time police came calling, his friend, Edith Beitenduvel, who lived
with him, told police he wasnt home. Upon further search
of the residence, Huskey was found hiding under the pool deck.
He was arrested and extradited back to Ripley County to stand
Huskey will be sentenced on these charges September 1.
But, the story doesnt end there. Because Huskey was serving
a 20-year probation sentence for a Criminal Confinement charge
dating back to 1995 in Ripley County, he faces a probation violation
The jurys guilty verdict on the latest charges automatically
revoked Huskeys probation. This means he could be sentenced
to the entire 20 years on that charge, according to King. That
sentencing hearing will be held July 19.
At one point of the closing arguments Deputy Prosecutor King told
the jury that witnesses for the defendant had told a lot of lies.
Lies, lies, lies, he said as he told how they tried
to assassinate the character of the victim - someone less than
14 years of age.
The defendants family wanted to handle the situation themselves
rather than to get the law involved. Under the constitution,
everyone gets protection, King said in closing. Hes
guilty and Im asking you to find him guilty, were
Kings parting words to the jury.
John Dorenbusch, Huskeys attorney, told the jury, Its
an emotional case, an ugly charge. He said his client denied
the allegations and said the state had not met their burden of
During closing arguments, Judge Carl Taul abruptly stopped proceedings,
dismissing the jury. After they left the room, Judge Taul addressed
the defendants brother, Jesse Huskey, who was sitting in
the public viewing section. He told him the hysterics had to stop.
Jesse Huskey would make near audible comments, smile broadly and
wave his hands as Prosecutor King made his final plea to jurors.
Jesse Huskey tried to justify his actions with Judge Taul who
told him to be quiet. He was one word away from being arrested.
Jurors were then brought back into the courtroom and the proceedings
continued with no further interruptions.
After jurors heard from witnesses, the victim and the defendant,
they deliberated for less than two hours before the verdict was
As the verdict was read, two relatives of the victim were obviously
relieved as they broke down in tears. The trial that had taken
so long to get scheduled due to Huskeys absence, brought
justice to this family who also know the victim will still have
Deputy King said he was pleased with the verdict because he knows
the defendant should be put away for a long time to keep other
potential victims safe. Hes a dangerous man and I
was very pleased with the verdict, he told the Osgood