Sheriff Fuzzy Keesee said he believes unknown circumstances may help exonerate the volunteer deputy in court.
Billy Hatfield, 52, of McCarr, was inducted by the Pike County Grand Jury on first degree rape charges. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in April.
“Deputy Hatfield’s statements lead me to think there are other circumstances that will come out in court,” Sheriff Keesee said. “The case is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police, and if I conduct an investigation, I will of course notify them as well as the commonwealth attorney.”
Hatfield is currently on suspension. Other indictments include Brian Wells, 33, of Williamson, indicted for first degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle without a license.
Stephanie Hunt, 18, was indicted for second degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking from the residence of Shane Yates.
Joseph Mounts, 27, of Edgarton, was indicted for second degree burglary, giving an officer false information and public intoxication in connection with the burglary of the home of Ruby Farley.
Isaac Baisden, 21, and Louie Gauze, 37, both of Huddy, were indited for first and third degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
James Workman, 39, of Stone, was indicted for third offense driving under the influence, operating a vehicle with a revoked drivers license, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wayne Elswick, 35, and Juanita Elswick, 32, both of Lookout, were inducted for wanton endangerment and two counts of child abuse to a child under 12 years of age.
(Editor’s note: An indictment is merely a charge and defendants are considered not guilty unless or until proven otherwise in a court of law.)