Friday’s sexual misconduct incident misreported

By Drew Teague

An alleged sexual misconduct incident reported to UK Police on Friday turned out to be misreported.

On Aug. 26, at 11:14 a.m. UK Police sent out a Crime Bulletin giving details of a reported incident, where two males walked a female back to campus after having attended an off-campus party.

“When the group reached the area of Rose and Huguelet both suspects forced the female to touch them,” the report said. “One suspect started to pick the victim up and that is when a group of witnesses noticed something wrong.”

Later that afternoon, after the report had been issued, UK Police issued a follow-up report that said the case was closed.

“After issuing this morning’s crime bulletin regarding a reported sexual misconduct incident, two individuals came forward,” the follow-up said. “Upon further investigation, UK Police is no longer investigating this incident. Charges will not be filed, and the case is closed.”

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said the incident was misreported because the victim was intoxicated.

The two males were juveniles and non-traditional students, Monroe said.

“They had set her down by Haggin (Hall) and somebody walked by and had thought that something was odd,” Monroe said. “So they did the right thing, in that they contacted the police. When we got there the initial report we got were kind conflicting.”

Monroe said that the safety bulletin caused the two juveniles involved to come forward and give their side of the story. UK Police interviewed the males and the victim again, and no charges are being filed, Monroe said.