A woman who had a three-year sexual relationship as a minor with a former Harrodsburg police officer has sued him, the city of Harrodsburg, its police department and a former police chief who is now Mercer County sheriff.Read more here
The officer, Jason Elder, resigned from the department in May 2011. He was sentenced in April to three years in prison after pleading guilty to 141 felony counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Lexington, alleges that Elder engaged in sexual misconduct "with the full knowledge and approval of the city, and its chief, both of which failed to act to protect" the girl "from a known and obvious harm, with deliberate indifference to her constitutional rights."
Elder was an officer who conducted Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE, classes in Mercer County schools. The girl was 14 when the sexual relationship began, and it ended when she was 17. Under state law, the girl was unable to give consent because she was a minor.
The scariest part about this is twofold: that the guy was a DARE speaker, so he had access to lots of minors, and that the police force didn't do anything about it...