Man sentenced to 20 years for sex crimes involving a minor

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Currently serving another 25 years for other sex crimes involving a minor

By Gina Clear

A man serving a 25-year sentence in La Grange for sex crimes involving a minor was sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court on more charges involving a juvenile.

William Chisolm, 33, was convicted of first-degree rape of a child younger than 12 years of age, first-degree attempted rape of a child younger than 12 years of age and first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 years of age.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison to serve consecutively with his 25-year sentence.

During sentencing, Judge Ken Howard said he was surprised at Chisolm’s classification from a sex offender evaluation.

“To be considered as not a high risk is beyond my comprehension,” Howard said, adding credit should be given to Chisolm for acknowledging the criminality of his actions.

As part of the sentence, Chisolm will have to register as a sex offender for life and pay restitution “to include counseling and treatment as a result of his criminal acts,” Howard said.

According to an indictment, contact with the 5-year-old girl occurred between 2002 and 2004.

Chisolm is a relative of the girl’s father, said Norman Chaffins, former spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4, following an indictment in February of 2013. Chisolm was living in the family’s home at the time of the offenses.

The investigation started after the girl disclosed information about the rape to her family, he said. Following an interview with Chisolm, Chaffins said, police filed charges based on information the defendant provided.

In June 2005, Chisolm was convicted in Hardin Circuit Court of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse. The victim was 3 years old.

According to the Department of Corrections, Chisolm is serving a 25-year sentence at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.