On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Joshua David Gayde, 36, of Dunnville, KY appeared in Adair Circuit Court and entered a guilty plea to 9 charges involving sex crimes against a minor child. Gayde pled guilty to 4 counts of First-Degree Rape involving a child under 12 years old and 5 counts of First-Degree Sexual Abuse involving a child under 12 years old. Gayde appeared in Adair Circuit Court Tuesday morning with his attorney, Bethany Stanziano of Columbia. Gayde stood before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy and acknowledged that he was guilty of all charges contained in the indictment that was returned against him last year.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright is recommending that Gayde serve 23 years and 6 months in prison for these crimes. The investigation in this case was led by Kentucky State Police Detective Nick Davis. Det. Davis’ investigation led to an Adair County Grand Jury charging Gayde with raping and sexually abusing a child between January 2014 and December 2017. The child was less than 12 years old at the time of the crimes. Gayde had been scheduled for trial later this summer.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Wright is recommending a total of 23 ½ years in prison for Gayde. Gayde will be designated as a “violent offender” under Kentucky law, meaning that he will be required to serve over 19 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. Additionally, upon his release from prison Gayde will be required to register as a sex offender.
Final sentencing is scheduled for August 27, 2019 at 9:00amCT before Adair Circuit Judge Judy Vance Murphy.