Former child advocate Stephen Hoeck asked the Boyle Circuit Court Monday to move his case to another county.
Defense attorney Ephraim Helton said a fair trial is compromised because stories about his client’s Alford guilty plea had been published on the front page of the newspaper.
Circuit Judge Darren Peckler will hear arguments about the motion on Dec. 7.
An Alford guilty plea means the accused maintains innocence but admits that there might be enough evidence for a jury to convict. Hoeck entered his plea in August but withdrew it in October when Peckler said he would require 60 days in jail.
Helton said that the lay person would have trouble distinguishing the difference between an Alford guilty plea and a guilty plea. Hoeck has always maintained his innocence, and, Helton said, entered the Alford plea so that the children wouldn’t have to testify.