COVINGTON, Ky. -- A man with powerful family and political ties in Northern Kentucky has been indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.
A Kenton County grand jury indicted Ron Hill, formerly a member of Kentucky's powerful Grayson family, on eight charges last week, including three charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16.
Court documents state Hill engaged in unlawful sex acts with the child for a period of nearly two years.
Hill is also facing rape charges.
Hill pleaded not guilty to all counts in Kenton County Circuit Court Monday afternoon. The judge ordered Hill to wear an electronic monitoring device, to hand over his passport, and to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the victim and victim's family while he awaits trial.
Special prosecutor Teresa Logsdon told the court Hill was a flight risk because he put aluminum foil on his car last week to avoid detection.
Until recently, Hill was brother-in-law to former Kentucky Secretary of State and current CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Trey Grayson. Kenton County Family Court granted Grayson's sister, Susan, a divorce from Hill in late March, according to famly court records.
Hill is also connected with at least two Northern Kentucky businesses.
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders has been removed from the case, according to court documents, citing an undisclosed conflict.
Court records also indicate that Hill has pleaded guilty to three prior criminal offenses within the past year, and is currently the subject of another criminal investigation for which a special prosecutor has been appointed.
In addition to the eight charges Hill is currently facing, divorce documents also state Hill withdrew $12,000 from a line of credit on the home he and his wife shared, without her knowledge, as well as recent tax troubles resulting from Hill liquidating his and his wife's retirement money for almost $250,000.
Ron and Susan have two children under 10, both of whom the court placed in the sole custody of their mother.
The Grayson family has filed a separate civil suit seeking a protection order against Hill.