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Big Clifty man charged with sexual abuse

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Police: 62-year-old suspect described ‘fascination’ with child

By Sarah Bennett

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 62-year-old Big Clifty man Sunday night after officers say he attempted to touch a girl younger than 12 in a sexual manner.

Kenneth L. Dutschke faces one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

Detective Sgt. Rex Allaman said dispatch received a call at 5:30 p.m. from the girl’s mother, who reported a neighbor had sexually abused her child.

Deputies responded to Solway Meeting Road in Big Clifty and interviewed Dutschke, Allaman said. The suspect admitted to the allegations once during the initial interview and again during a video recorded interview at Elizabethtown Police Department, the detective said.

According to a citation, Dutschke touched the girl’s knee and attempted to move his hand upward. Allaman said no penetration or injuries were reported.

Dutschke told the deputy he had a “sexual fascination” with the girl and “wished that he was able to touch her,” according to the citation.

He had this interest for three years but told officers this was the first time he acted on it, police said.

According to Allaman, Dutschke has no prior criminal history.

He is lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 30 in Hardin District Court for a preliminary hearing.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony when the victim is younger than 12, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes. It is punishable by five to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.