Fmr. Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary facing rape charge

Fmr. Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary facing rape charge
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 10:29 AM CDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley is facing a rape charge.

According to his arrest citation, 53-year-old Tilley is accused of having sex with a victim without her consent.

It allegedly happened at a downtown Lexington hotel back on April 15. The citation says the woman could not consent due to her level of intoxication.

Tilley turned himself in Monday morning. His attorney told news outlets that Tilley is innocent and is cooperating with the investigation.

Tilley served as Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary from December 2015 through 2019. Before that, he served five terms as a Democratic state lawmaker from Hopkinsville.

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