Jury recommends life sentence for Elsmere man convicted of sexually assaulting minors

Posted at 5:27 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 17:29:29-04

ELSMERE, Ky. – A jury has recommended a life sentence for an Elsmere man found guilty of repeatedly sexually assaulting four minors in his home.

Robbie Whaley, of the 1100 block of Garvey Avenue, was found guilty this month of 16 counts of sodomy or sexual abuse. The minors were under 12 and under 16.

The victims said Whaley had invited them to his house for martial arts lessons.

Two victims were assaulted in or before January 2015. A grand jury received the case the following October and returned a 10-count indictment, including persistent felony offender in the first degree.

After Whaley was released on bond, police said they received new reports of sexual assaults against minors. He was indicted again in October 2016 and convicted this month.  The jury took just 30 minutes  to convict  Whaley and find him guilty of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Judge Kathleen Lape could sentence Whaley to life without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Sentencing  is scheduled for July 11.