E'town Doctor, Ex-Wife Sentenced for Holding Maid Prisoner

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a central Kentucky cardiologist and his ex-wife to two years' probation, and ordered them to pay $100,000 in back pay, to a Bolivian woman whom they admitted holding as a virtual prisoner.

The Courier-Journal reports 59-year-old Dr. Javier Arce of Elizabethtown pleaded guilty Monday to failing to report knowledge of a felony to the proper authorities and his former wife, 56-year-old Cristina Mier Arce of Hardin County, to harboring for financial gain.

Her indictment alleges they recruited an undocumented woman to work as their domestic servant, and harbored her unlawfully from 1994 to 2006.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II sentenced both on Monday.

The defendants allegedly paid the woman, who was identified only as "I.L.," no more than $20,000 over 12 years.

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