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Guthrie to stand trial Friday

October 4, 2012

A former Big Spring radio personality is expected to plead guilty to a charge of online solicitation of a minor in 118th District Court Friday morning, during a bench trial scheduled before District Judge Timothy Yeats.

Kyle Wade Guthrie, 27, formerly of 408 Hillside Dr., was indicted in early June on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony.

Guthrie was arrested Feb. 7. Several electronic devices were seized after an investigation indicated he had made contact with a minor in an sexually explicit manor through electronic communication, according to Sheriff Stan Parker.

“A search warrant was obtained and executed on Guthrie’s residence by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security,” Parker said following the arrest. “Several electronic devices — cell phones and computers — were seized. The case involves solicitation of a 16-year-old, female victim.”

At the time of his arrest, Guthrie was employed by local radio station KBST as director of news and weather. His employment with KBST was terminated months ago.

Guthrie's bond was set at $20,000 and he bonded out Feb. 10, according to detention center records. Family members have said he has since moved out of the Crossroads area.

According to court officials, no plea agreement has been reached between Guthrie and the Howard County District Attorney's Office.

In a bench trial, the judge — in this case, Yeats — serves as the jury to determine guilt or innocence. The presiding judge is also tasked with deciding the sentence of the defendant if he is found guilty, according to state law.

The trial is expected to get under way at 8 a.m. in 118th District Court.

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