Grand Jury Indicts Former Democratic Lawmaker on First-Degree Rape Charge

On Monday, former Kentucky Cabinet Secretary John Tilley was indicted by a grand jury on rape charges.

In August, 53-year-old Tilley was arrested and charged with first-degree rape after he was accused of on 15 , the Courier-Journal reported.

Tilley pleaded not guilty on his first court appearance, WLEX-TV reported.

After Tilley was sued, he is set to appear in court again for arraignment, WKYT-TV reported.

However, after his initial arrest, Steve Schroering and Chris Spedding, Tilley’s attorneys, declared their client innocent, according to the Courier-Journal.

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“John Tilley has pleaded innocent to the charges and has cooperated with the investigation. He respects the court process and has no further comment at this time,” Schroering said.

Tilley has had a long political career, serving under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin as Secretary of the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety from December 2015 to 2019, Fox News reported.

During his tenure as secretary, Tilley oversaw the Kentucky State Police, Correctional Services and Juvenile Justice Departments, the Courier-Journal reported.

One job he accomplished while overseeing state law enforcement agencies and departments was implementing a new rape kit law on handling evidence in sexual assault investigations.

“In Kentucky, we believe in justice. Regardless of where in the state you live, work, or play, you should expect to be safe from sexual assault,” Tilley said in 2019.

Prior to his time in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Tilley served five terms as a Democrat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. He represented Hopkinsville in southwest Kentucky.

During his time in the House of Representatives, he also served on the House Judiciary Committee.

Following Monday’s grand jury indictment, Tilley’s attorneys had no further comment.

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“Former State Representative and Secretary of the Judiciary Cabinet John Tilley was indicted by a grand jury last Tuesday on first-degree rape after he was arrested in August. The indictment hearing is on October 28. His attorney has not commented today, other than his initial statement that Tilley is innocent,” tweeted Joe Sonka, a Courier-Journal reporter.

The woman who Tilley allegedly raped has not spoken publicly.

Tilley has not made any public comments after his arrest or after the grand jury indictment.

https://www.westernjournal.com/grand-jury-indicts-former-democratic-lawmaker-first-degree-rape-charge/ Grand Jury Indicts Former Democratic Lawmaker on First-Degree Rape Charge

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