Former member of powerful NKY family takes plea deal for sex crimes with minor

Ronald B. Hill expected to get 7-year sentence
Posted at 3:46 PM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 16:00:32-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A former member of a politically connected Northern Kentucky family is scheduled to be sentenced to seven years in prison for sex crimes with a minor, the commonwealth’s Attorney General announced Wednesday.

Ronald B. Hill, 48, of Fort Mitchell, agreed to a plea deal Tuesday on three counts of third-degree rape and one count of first-degree sexual abuse, according to a release. Hill committed the crimes between 2008 and 2011.

Hill used to be brother-in-law to Trey Grayson, former Kentucky Secretary of State and current CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Grayson's sister, Susan, divorced Hill in 2015, according to court records.

Divorce documents claimed that Hill liquidated the couple's retirement account of almost $250,000 and withdrew $12,000 from a line of credit on the home they shared without her knowledge.

The court gave sole custody of their two children to their mother.

Under the terms of the plea, Hill is not eligible for probation and  is required to register as a sexual offender for life after completing his sentence.

AG Andy Beshear’s office prosecuted the case after Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders recused himself, citing an undisclosed conflict.

Hill will be sentenced May 19 in Kenton Circuit Court.