Four Kentucky cops, Stratford Young, Todd Matti, Jerry Clanton and Chris Woosley, have all been criminally charged with having sex with the same 15-year-old girl. All officers involved forcefully resigned or were fired.
Young, the first officer to have sex with the girl before introducing her to the other officers, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful transactions with a minor last week.
Initially, the former Kentucky state trooper was facing rape and sodomy charges. The deal also ensures that Young will not have to register as a sex offender.
Nor does it appear as if he will serve jail time, although his sentencing will be determined next month, according to WDRB.
Young would make constant visits to the teenage girl’s house. The girl’s parents reportedly had reservations about the visits, but never took action.
Jasmine Lindsey, a close family friend spoke on how the girls mother allowed the officers to come to the girls house to visit:
“She said she didn’t agree with it, but she would still allow him to come over and hang out. Eventually, she let another officer come and hang out and it seemed like a big party house. It caused a lot of hard feelings between the mother and I.”
Lindsey continued to say she witnessed sexual acts and fondling between Young and the girl.
“He’s [Trooper Young] made mistakes and he’s paid a heavy price. He’s lost his career and his home. The outcome is bittersweet for everybody. No one is happy with this situation. I think it was the best result for all concerned. A trial would’ve been messy and difficult for all concerned.”
Reports indicate that 148 items of evidence have been submitted against the officers and troopers involved. Some of the evidence includes several audio interviews with all four of the former law enforcement personnel, the teen girl and her parents along with emails, voicemails, Facebook photos and a drug test of the 15-year-old girl involved in the case.
Trooper Jerry Clanton also admitted to sexual relations with the 15-year-old girl. Clanton asserts that he was unaware that the girl was underage.
In an attempt to get his job back, Clanton, who is married, stated the following:
“I made a moral mistake. And, I’ve gotten right with my family. I recognize that it is an embarrassment to the State Police. But I have not compromised myself in the fact that, in my mind, all I was doing was making a moral mistake. I would never have gone over there. I would have never spoken to her, never texted her, never anything had I thought she was anything but 18.”
Trooper Young introduced Clanton to the underage girl. Clanton explained that he watched UFC fights with the girl at her house, and took her to discrete places to have sex with her on the trunk of his police vehicle.
The Kentucky State police stated:
“It’s disappointing for several families for our agency, and for the state of Kentucky. A lot of the evidence is very graphic and we take it very seriously. The KSP [Kentucky State Police] has a 65-year history of very good tradition, upstanding tradition of serving our citizens of the commonwealth of Kentucky. And we will not sacrifice that for two egregious actions by two troopers who did very immoral things and those troopers were terminated accordingly for that.”
Former Breckinridge Deputy Chris Woosley and Brandenburg Officer Todd Matti also had sex with the underage girl. All four men have cases pending, with the exception of Trooper Young who pleaded guilty.