Two alleged N.Ky. sex offenders facing judges in separate cases, both involving minors

COVINGTON, Ky. - Two alleged sex offenders will be at the Kenton County Justice Center Tuesday morning. Both men allegedly victimized minors in two separate cases.

Nicholas Engel will learn his fate Tuesday afternoon for meeting what he thought was a 13-year-old girl online, and then attempting to meet the girl in a Northern Kentucky church parking lot. Officials say the girl Engel thought he was meeting was really an undercover police officer.

In December, the 45-year-old pleaded guilty to nine counts of possession of matter portraying sex performance by a minor and one count of electronic use to induce a minor.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said his office is recommending a sentence of eight years in prison and for Engel to register as a sex offender.

Engel's sentencing is Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Kenton County Justice Center.

Thomas John Whaley will also be in front of a Kenton County judge Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

The 31-year-old is facing 10 counts of sex abuse in the first degree with a victim under the age of 12.

Whaley's preliminary hearing is Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Kenton County Justice Center.

Stay with 9 On Your Side and KyPost.com for updates on these cases.

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