Todd County Soccer Coach Acquitted Of Rape

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Todd County High School Boy's Soccer coach, Ben Drummond was acquitted of 3rd Degree rape Wednesday, March 7, 2007. The 12-member jury deliberated for an hour-and-a-half before returning with the "not guilty" verdict.

"It was extremely scary. It was very taxing on my family but we've been preparing since the first day," Drummond said.

After testimony Wednesday from Drummond's wife Angela, both sides launched into closing arguments.

The defense tried to prove that the alleged victim's story seemed to keep changing throughout the last six months.

"With the records we had from the trooper from the social worker, all those are provided in discovery. With the statement that she wrote, the statement she turned over to the authority we were able to use that to see where her testimony would conflict," Drummond's attorney, Juliette House said.

One item the defense contested was the girl's earlier statements that she had illegally driven to Drummond's house on 707 Chestnut Road in Guthrie, in October of 2004. A home that the defense said wasn't built until nearly a year later.

"We have no problem saying the house was built in October of 2005. We knew it did not exist in August of 2004. It was just a matter of our client remembering for two and a half years all the places her and the defendant had sex," said Christy Vick-Stratton, Todd County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.

House said it was important for them to show there was reasonable doubt about when exactly the alleged affair took place.

"The criminal charges is only specific about a relationship underage. I think with the evidence we clearly proved that there was no relationship at all," House said.

"I think if the question had been if they'd had sex in the past 2 and a half years, absolutely the Commonwealth proved that, but there was a question in the juror's mind as to whether she was 15," Vick-Stratton said.

Vick-Stratton added that the "not guilty" verdict was a "slap to her client's face" since she only came forward about the alleged relationship after being interviewed by school officials and the Kentucky State Police.

Drummond said he still wants to teach but right now just wants to take it day-by-day.

No one with the Todd County School System could tell us if Drummond will be re-instated to his old position.


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