Violation could send sex offender back to prison

James Cottle

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Johnson County man who spent more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography in 2007 could be heading back to prison.

James Cottle, 55, of Paintsville, was sentenced to 160 months in prison and was released in 2018. His sentence required that he be supervised for the remainder of his life, following release.

He was arrested on Tuesday, after his probation officer notified the court that he had violated the terms of his supervision by possessing sexually oriented materials, failing to follow the rules of his sex offender treatment program, and possessing alcohol and drug paraphernalia.

Cottle is now being held in the Pike County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Pikeville on Friday.