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Man serving sentence in La Grange indicted for sex crimes in Hardin County

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By Sarah Bennett

A man serving a 25-year sentence in La Grange for sex crimes involving a minor was indicted last week in Hardin County on nine new charges.

William L. Chisolm, 32, has been indicted on charges of first-degree rape, criminal attempt to commit first-degree rape and six counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

According to the indictment, the alleged contact occurred between 2002 and 2004 and involved a girl who was younger than 12 at the time.

Norman Chaffins, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4, said the girl now lives in Georgia though she and her family lived in Hardin County at the time of the alleged offenses.

Chisolm is a relative of the girl’s father, Chaffins said, and at the time the alleged offenses, was living in the family’s home in Hardin County.

“That’s how he got to be with the (alleged victim),” Chaffins said.

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

Chaffins and Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said it is not unusual for several years to have lapsed in sex cases involving children.

“A lot of cases that involve child sex victims have some age on them,” Young said.

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 younger than 12.

According to the Department of Corrections, Chisolm is serving a 25-year sentence. His earliest date for parole eligibility is July 2024.

Chisolm’s bond in Hardin County is set at $100,000 cash. An arraignment has not been set.

When a victim is younger than 12, first-degree rape is a Class A felony, which is punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennettcan be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.