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Campbellsville man accused of rape gets probation

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By Calen McKinney

 

The Campbellsville man who attempted to rape a woman has pleaded guilty to an amended charge and been sentenced to probation for his crimes.

Louis Dee Gregory, 44, of 84 Birdie Ave., was indicted last November by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with first-degree attempted rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

Gregory appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Sept. 3. Records from the appearance weren't filed into court records until Sept. 30.

Gregory pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree wanton endangerment. In exchange, the attempted rape charged was dismissed.

He was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay a $250 fine. Records state that the agreement was reached after consultation with the victim.

According to the indictment, Gregory allegedly attempted to force another person to have sex with him on Sept. 17, 2012. Former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Billy Rice investigated.

Records state that the woman said Gregory asked to have sex with her. When she refused, she told police, Gregory held her to the floor, bit her and bruised her arm. She said he tried unsuccessfully to remove her clothing, but touched her breasts and genitals while she was clothed.

Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller prosecuted the case. She did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Local attorney Jeremy Wood represented Gregory.

Wood said the resolution in the case was negotiated and all parties involved agreed to it. He said he prefers that charges against his client be dismissed, but considering the factors in the case, he believes the resolution isn't inappropriate.

If convicted by a jury, Gregory could have been sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.