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KSP looks into alleged sexual assault involving National Guard

Murray Ledger & Times

The Kentucky State Police are investigating a possible sexual assault involving members of the Kentucky National Guard from an incident that is alleged to have occurred in Calloway County.

Senior Trooper Jody Cash of KSP Post 1 in Graves County said Monday that KSP did open an investigation on June 3. However, that was the only detail he would give as far as the investigation itself.

He said information on this case was not being circulated by KSP because investigators wanted to protect the alleged victim in the case. He said he had asked detectives about drafting a news release at the time the investigation was happening, but was told not to go ahead with that because of the need for confidentiality for the alleged victim.

Maj. Stephen Martin, director of the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office in Louisville, did not identify any of the people allegedly involved in the case and would not say how many people are being investigated.

Martin did say that, at the time of the alleged incident, none of the accused were on active duty.

"I can confirm there is a sexual assault allegation on going which is being led by the Kentucky State Police. At this point, it is a civilian matter," Martin said in a statement. "Due to the ongoing investigation I cannot discuss any details at this time."

Martin also added that, "sexual assault of any kind has no place in the Kentucky National Guard. It is an attack on the values we defend and on the cohesion of our units. The people in our organization are our greatest resource and we will do our best to support the victim and cooperate fully with Kentucky State Police in their investigation.

"We cannot make a determination on what will happen to these soldiers' military career until the civilian investigation is complete and a determination through the courts is made."

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