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Court date set in LaRue kidnap case

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Hodgenville man charged with attempted rape

By Jeff D'Alessio

A Hodgenville man accused of attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than than 12, first-degree attempted rape and resisting arrest from the June 2 abduction of a 10-year-old girl is scheduled to make a court appearance this week.

Jetto Dye, 28, is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in LaRue District Court.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Norman Chaffins said Dye was released from University Hospital in Louisville on Wednesday and is lodged in the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

The sleeping child was abducted from a River Road home in LaRue County around midnight and taken into the woods where she was sexually assaulted and choked, police said.

The child was left in a home with a sleeping elderly woman, and Dye. Police have said the child’s mother was out of the house for about 10 minutes when the child was taken. She was test driving a recently repaired vehicle.

Dye was pursued and captured at 3:17 a.m. Sunday about a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile behind the home when officers turned a police dog named Fero on him.

Fero, a 2-year-old German shepherd from Slovakia, attacked Dye, biting him once leaving a severe gash on Dye’s left leg above the knee, which required surgery.

The child was treated and released from Hardin Memorial Hospital. Police said her actions likely saved her life.

Chaffins said Dye is not related to the girl.

If convicted, Dye faces up to 20 years to life in prison.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.