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During an arraignment Monday in Meade Circuit Court, two former law enforcement officers waived formal reading of their indictments in a sex case involving a then 15-year-old girl.
Through an open records request, The News-Enterprise obtained copies of the indictments for former Brandenburg Police officer Todd Matti and former Kentucky State Police trooper Stratford Young.
Matti is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and Young is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree rape.
According to Matti’s indictment, the offenses occurred “on or about Nov. 16, 2012, in Meade County,” six days after the girl turned 15.
The second count charges third-degree sodomy by a “person in a position of authority or position of special trust” when Matti engaged in “deviate sexual intercourse” with the underage girl as a result of his position of authority.
According to Young’s indictment, the offenses occurred “on or about May 22, 2013, through July 31, 2013.”
All of Young’s charges claim he was a “person in a position of authority or position of special trust” when he engaged in sex acts, including intercourse, with the underage girl as a result of his position of authority.
Attorneys for both men entered not guilty pleas Monday and requested court files, including documents from the investigation, be sealed. The Commonwealth did not object.
An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt.
Matti and Young were released after paying 10 percent of a $10,000 cash bond.
Kenton Smith, attorney for Young, said although Young admits to his mistake, he did not commit a crime.
“Stratford Young has made a mistake of a personal nature,” he said. “He’s aware of it.”
Smith, who’s known Young for many years, said the former KSP trooper has cooperated with the investigation and in his sworn statements said the girl and her mother led him to believe she was 18.
“He’s paid a heavy price for his personal misconduct,” Smith said. “He knows he’s not going to be a police officer anymore. That’s a substantial punishment. He feels horrible about what he did.”
In an interview Monday, Robert Schaefer, attorney for Matti, said he was “very disappointed” in the indictment against his client.
“We haven’t seen any of the evidence yet. We haven’t heard what material they have,” Schaefer said. “Mr. Matti maintains his innocence and looks forward to the opportunity to present his side and restore his good name.”
Schaefer said Matti, who is a long-time member of the community and a youth sports coach, knew the girl in a mentorship capacity.
“I think he did know this young lady, which, again, makes it so surprising that these charges were brought,” he said.
Neither investigators nor the prosecution have interviewed Matti, Schaefer said.
Information regarding former Trooper Jerry Clanton and former Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Woosley was not presented to the grand jury.
In an interview March 3, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine, whose office has been assigned as special prosecutors in the case, said indictments would be sought against four individuals during the grand jury presentation Monday. However, only cases against Matti and Young were presented.
Clanton admitted to sexual relations with the girl during a KSP Trial Board in early January appealing his termination.
Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.