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Vine Grove man charged with rape

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Police document said intoxicated woman was unable to consent

By Sarah Bennett

A Vine Grove man is accused of rape after police say he subjected his estranged wife to sexual intercourse when she was unable to consent.

Gerald L. Kuykendall, 50, was arrested Saturday morning on a charge of first-degree rape. According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, first-degree rape is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

According to a citation, Kuykendall and his wife are separated, and on Saturday, the woman willingly met him while she was intoxicated.

Police said the victim told officers Kuykendall picked her up and carried her into a bedroom to “sober up.”

While in the bedroom, Kuykendall had sex with her without consent, according to the citation.

“Due to (the victim’s) high level of intoxication … (she) stated she was unable, incapable of giving consent,” the document reads.

Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly said evidence kits were collected from Kuykendall and the woman.

Kuykendall is lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 cash.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.