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Two former law-enforcement officers are out on bond after they were indicted and arraigned Monday in Meade Circuit Court in a sex case involving a 15-year-old girl.
A special grand jury returned indictments on former Brandenburg police officer Todd Matti and former Kentucky State Police Trooper Stratford Young in Judge Bruce Butler’s courtroom.
Matti was indicted on two counts of third-degree sodomy and Young on one count of third-degree rape and two counts of third-degree sodomy. All charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison on each count. Attorneys for each entered pleas of not guilty on their behalf.
An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt.
Matti and Young were released after paying 10 percent of a $10,000 cash bond.
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 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 appealing his termination.
“The Commonwealth elected not to present charges before this grand jury on other individuals, so this grand jury was not required to make a decision about that,” Wine said in court.
Wine would not comment Monday whether his office would seek indictments against Clanton and Woosley.
KSP Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory said the case originally was brought to the post July 31 with a complaint of a KSP trooper from Post 4 having inappropriate relations with an underage girl. The investigation, which is ongoing, uncovered additional allegations against another KSP trooper, a Brandenburg police officer, a Breckinridge County sheriff’s deputy and an adult male in another state.
“Investigators anticipate the presentation of other parallel cases to grand juries in surrounding counties in the near future,” Gregory said.
Attorneys for Matti and Young waived formal reading of the indictment and requested case documents be sealed, citing protecting the underage girl and the possibility of tainting the jury pool. The Commonwealth did not object.
“We still have an obligation to protect her,” Wine said.
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.
“He’s never been talked to,” Schaefer said. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to get our hands on what the Commonwealth alleges and take a look through it and have an opportunity to present our side.”
Schaefer said he was surprised Clanton, who has given “extensive interviews” at the trial board, was not indicted.
He also requested court documents in his client’s case be sealed because he didn’t want Matti “tried in a court of public perception,” which may force a change of venue.
“What we can’t lose sight of is there’s an alleged underage victim involved,” he said.
Matti resigned Oct. 15 and Woosley resigned Sept. 5. Young and Clanton were terminated from employment Sept. 13.
Young and his attorney, Kenton Smith, declined comment.
The next appearance for each is a pre-trail conference at 9 a.m. May 22.
Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.