Lead suspect in Crystal Rogers disappearance appears in court
NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – The lead suspect in the case of Crystal Rogers' disappearance stood before a judge Wednesday.
Brooks Houck, Crystal Rogers' boyfriend and father of her youngest child, appeared in court to respond to three motions filed by Rogers' parents.
On July 6, 2015, Rogers was reported missing. Brooks Houck is the last known person to have seen her on July 3, 2015.
His brother, Nick Houck, was suspended from the Bardstown Police Department in September because of claims that he interfered with and did not fully cooperate with the investigation into Rogers' disappearance. On Oct. 16, 2015, Houck was named the lead suspect in Rogers' disappearance.
Since Rogers was reported missing, her parents Tommy and Sherry Ballard claim Houck stripped them of their privileges to see their youngest grandson, Eli, 3.
In December, both grandparents gained visitation rights through the court. However, this would only allow for Tommy and Sherry to visit Eli for four hours, excluding any other family members.
On Dec. 28, 2015 the Ballards filed three motions; 1. Seeking Brooks Houck's phone records, including all phone numbers and carriers he has used since July 3. 2. Changes to their petition to include non-custodial parental visitation. 3. A court order that would prevent Houck from leaving the state with the child until a further order from the court.
The Ballards believe Houck is preparing to leave Kentucky and have made claims that he is attempting to sell all of his real estate holdings below market value.
This allegation was denied by Houck's attorney, Philip George.
"We're not going anywhere, we have no plans to go anywhere," George said. "There is no reason for anyone to be alarmed."
However, George didn't deny that Houck is selling property, because he is in the real estate business as a source of income, according to George.
The Ballards do not believe George.
"What he is selling is about $12,000 under the price of what he could sell them for if he put them on the market," Tommy Ballard said.
"I can't speak about before, but from the time he's been with my daughter, I've not known him to sell real estate property, I've only known him to buy real estate property, so this is unusual," Sherry Ballard said.
The Ballards admit it's difficult to be around Houck, because he is the lead suspect in their daughter's disappearance.
"I've specifically told him 'I think you did something to my daughter,'" Sherry Ballard said. "I made that very clear."
Which is why the Ballards are strongly pushing for the judge to keep Houck close by.
"We want to find Crystal and we feel like if he is here we have a better chance," Tommy Ballard said.
Danny Singleton is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, 9 a.m. Singleton is an employee of Houck and is charged with 38 counts of perjury after a grand jury trial testimony referring to Rogers' disappearance.
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