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Convicted Sex Offender, Wife Face Pornography Charges

(MAYFIELD, Ky.) -- A convicted sex offender from Indiana and his wife face pornography charges after detectives said they found all manner of pornography inside the couple's home.

Paul Godbey, 43, and Pamela Godbey, 42, were arrested Tuesday afternoon when police and state Cabinet for Human Resources officers responded to complaints about possible child molestation at the house.

"If you could think of it, it was there," said Mayfield Police Capt. Steve Hendley said.

Hendley said the Godbey's 6-year-old stepdaughter lived at the residence, but has been placed in protective custody.

Paul Godbey was charged with distribution of obscene matter, distribution of obscene matter to minors, first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. His wife was charged with complicity to the same charges.

An initial examination of the photos showed children involved in sexual acts, Hendley said. Police seized three computers, three paper grocery bags and a large box full of materials plus several large photo albums with nude photos, he said. Police also found papers indicating that the family had visited a nudist camp.

"I figure the more we dig into this, it's just going to get ugly," he said. "This is not something you see in everyday police work and think, 'Oh, well it's just the way society is.' We have children and grandchildren and this affects us."

Police have not identified any children shown in the photos, but Hendley said the stepdaughter may not have been involved.

"We think we caught it before it got to that point, but we think it was heading in that direction" based on statements Paul Godbey made to the police, Hendley said.

Paul Godbey is a convicted sex offender who was charged in Indiana, Hendley said. Mayfield police have not determined the original charges.

"We don't know whether he was supposed to register," Hendley said, noting that Mayfield police didn't have contact with the family before Tuesday. "If he was, we want to know why he didn't do it, if he was allowed to leave the state and why he wasn't registered in Kentucky when he changed states."

Neighbors said the family moved to North 4th Street about six months ago. They were quiet and recently installed a backyard pool. They frequently packed up their camper and left for long weekend trips.

Richard Hash said his granddaughters, ages 11 and 15, visited Godbey's home often.

"I want to know why that happened," Hash said.

"It's a little nerve-wracking. You'd think you would know if someone like that moved in next to you. You'd think someone would let you know," Hash said.

Bobbi McKinley, who lives across the street, said she knew very little about the Godbeys before the arrests.

"I met them when they moved in and talked to (Paul Godbey) once when I was out with my dog," she said. "He told me I had a cute dog. He offered to baby-sit him if I ever needed someone. I had no idea this was going on. I just didn't know."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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