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Former Kentucky attorney general charges lawmaker with rape

A former Kentucky Attorney General and Rep. was arrested Monday and charged with rape.

Former state congressman John Tilley, who oversaw the state prison system under former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, said at a Lexington hotel that a woman who could not consent because of her addiction levels. accused of having sex with, CBS affiliate WKYT reported, citing arrest affidavit.

Her Tilley, 53, was in Lexington She was being held in the Fayette County Jail.

Tilley's attorney, Steve Schroering, told the press that his client was innocent and turned himself in.

"John Tilley maintains his innocence, has filed criminal charges and has cooperated with the investigation," Schröling said. “He has respected the judicial process and has no further comment at this time.”

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley speaking to reporters in Frankfort, Kentucky Adam Beam/AP

Lexington Police Department spokesperson told The Courier-Journal that Tilly was indicted "in relation to a special victim investigation that took place this year."

"We are still investigating at this time," spokesperson Hannah Sloan told the newspaper. He served as a secretary and oversaw the Kentucky Police Department, the Department of Corrections, and other agencies.

In that role, Tilly helped enforce the new Rape He Kit Act,and established new policies regarding the handling of evidence in sexual assault investigations, according to the report. He reported the Courier-Journal.

Prior to that, Tilley served five terms as a Democratic legislator in Hopkinsville.

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