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Man accused of sexual abuse after starting 'youth program' at his business

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Posted at 10:40 AM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-14 10:40:10-04

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Mount Sterling man is accused of sexual abuse and giving drugs and alcohol to minors at a "youth program" he started at his business.

Mount Sterling police said Richard J. McFadden started what he advertised as a support and Bible study group for youths at McFadden Antiques on 107 S. Queen St.

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It was later revealed that McFadden was allegedly giving teenagers, ages 13 to 18, marijuana and alcohol. Police said he was also touching teens inappropriately during the meet-ups.

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McFadden is charged with sexual abuse, unlawful transaction with a minor and trafficking marijuana.

Phyliss A. Mastin is also charged with unlawful transaction with a minor.