|Jerry Clanton & Stratford Young|
By Amy Stallings and Brooke Hasch
FRANKFORT (WHAS11) - A former Kentucky State Police trooper is fighting to get is job back Friday after he was fired last year.
Jerry Clanton and Stratford Young were let go after accusations of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Clanton is in Frankfort Friday appealing his termination.
- So much for innocent until proven guilty!
WHAS11’s Brooke Hasch is at the hearing and said Clanton admitted he had sex with the girl but said he did not know she was only 15. He also said he had four encounters with the juvenile.
Brooke will have much more on this story coming up tonight at 6 p.m., but here is a breakdown of what has happened so far:
Opening statements with KSP (Capt Matt Feltner and Lt. Matt Johnson): Clanton violated KSP procedure, called Conformance to Law, the overall charge against him. He is also charged with rape 3rd, sodomy 3rd, sexual abuse 1st, official misconduct 1st, unlawful transaction with a minor 1st.
The first witness was the primary investigator, who interviewed Clanton and victim. In interviews heard today, both admit to having sex or oral sex at least once on the trunk of a squad car.
"A lot of the evidence is very graphic and we take it very seriously. The KSP 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," Sgt. Michael Webb, commander of public affairs with KSP, said.
Interviews point to a long relationship between Stratford Young and the victim, but only four encounters with Clanton, who claims he did not know she was 15. Clanton said he did know she didn't have a license. Clanton claimed the victim initiated contact most of the time and showed her breasts and behind.
The victim claimed she was pressured by both troopers to do so.
"I have not seen a disciplinary process like this in several years. They are not a common practice, as Kentucky state troopers rarely have disciplinary issues," Webb said.
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At about 4:10 p.m. closing arguments ended in the Clanton case. A jury of his KSP peers are now in talks behind closed doors.
We'll continue following this story as it develops and will have much more at 6:00 p.m.