Two Hardin County residents arrested on sex charges involving a minor pleaded not guilty Tuesday and will remain free on bail.
Jeffrey Mark Farmer, 46, of Elizabethtown, and Christin Nicole Dague, 26, of Radcliff, entered separate pleas Tuesday morning when they were arraigned in Circuit Court.
Both defendants were arrested Feb. 8 at their residences and charged with Class B felonies of complicity to commit use of a minor in a sexual performance and complicity to commit promoting a sexual performance by a minor.
After posting $15,000 bonds, each was released from Hardin County Detention Center a day after being arrested last week.
During the arraignment, Judge Kelly Mark Easton decided that both defendants will remain free on bail as long as they have no contact with the alleged victim or each other.
Mike Moulton, the attorney representing Farmer, said the outcome of the arraignment was standard and he was comfortable with it.
“We’re just ready to go forward in court,” he said.
Wesley Durham, the attorney representing Dague, said he thought the arrangement reached during the arraignment was appropriate.
The defendants are scheduled to have a status conference at 1 p.m. May 2. That is a pre-trial meeting of attorneys before a judge to inform the court of how a case is proceeding.
A trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 10.
The defendants are accused of using a child younger than 16 “to engage in a sexual performance which includes sexual conduct by said minor, more particularly consisting of a video of sexual conduct,” and promoting a sexual performance “by directing, arranging and taking a video,’’ according to indictments unsealed by Easton on Feb. 9.
Radcliff Police Detective Ralph Craig said an investigation has been ongoing for about a year. According to the indictment, the offense happened between November 2007 and November 2008.
If convicted, the defendants could face 10 to 20 years in prison on each charge.