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Grand jury indicts Whitt and Guthrie

June 5, 2012

A Howard County Grand Jury indicted more than two-dozen people during its Friday session, including several true bills for a Big Spring man charged with several counts of sexual misconduct.

Edgar Dale Whitt, 54, of 4302.5 S. Highway 87, was indicted on two counts of prohibited sexual conduct and four counts of indecency with a child, all second-degree felonies, according to information released Monday by the Howard County District Attorney's office.

Whitt was initially arrested March 18 after police responded to a report of a 7-year-old boy traveling down S. Highway 87 on a bicycle, attempting to run away from home. According to law enforcement officials, there were two other children living in the home at the time, a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old.

In addition to Edgar Whitt, his daughter, Tamara Ruth Whitt, 26, also of 4302.5 S. Highway 87, was arrested on charges of abandoning/endangering a child — criminal negligence (two counts).

According to Sheriff Stan Parker, the charge of prohibited sexual conduct was filed against Edgar Whitt after investigators discovered the man was not only the children's grandparent, but had also fathered at least one of them.

“As part of the investigation we were trying to determine who the father of the children were,” Parker said. “The family had only moved to Big Spring about two years ago, which was making that somewhat difficult. However, after speaking to them for a while, it was discovered that Edgar Whitt — who is Tamara Whitt's father — had fathered at least one of the children with his daughter. That's when the decision was made to file additional charges against Edgar Whitt.”

Edgar Whitt remains in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center, while Tamara Whitt bonded out May 9, according to detention center records.

Also indicted Friday was former KBST news director Kyle Wade Guthrie, 27, formerly of 408 Hillside Dr., on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony.

Guthrie was arrested Feb. 7 at his residence by HCSO deputies. Several devices seized after an investigation yielded evidence he had made contact with a minor in an sexually explicit manor through electronic communication, according to Parker.

At the time of his arrest, Guthrie was employed by local radio station KBST as its director of news and weather. However, he has since had his employment terminated.

Guthrie bonded out Feb. 10, according to detention center records. According to family members, he has since moved out of the Crossroads area.

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