Charges against Otis Hensley dropped
By Cassondra Kirby-Mullins
HARLAN — Felony charges have been dismissed against Otis “Bullman” Hensley Jr., a two-time candidate for governor who was arrested a week ago after he offered to trade “a good fattening hog” for two female children in a supermarket.
Hensley said he was only joking when he made the statement to the aunt of a 13-year-old girl and her 11-year-old sister. He said is it was meant as a compliment.
However, the father of the girls, who said he did not know Hensley and was concerned about the statements, contacted the county attorney’s office. Hensley, 52, was arrested about 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 and charged with first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under the age of 16.
During a hearing Monday, the father of the two children agreed to dismiss the charges on the condition that Hensley apologize for his words.
“I was just protecting my kids,” the father said today in court. “I think everyone would have done the same thing. My kids are my life.”