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Ex-officers accused of inappropriate relationship with 15-year-old want cases dismissed

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two former officers indicted for a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl want their cases dismissed.

Former KSP Trooper Stratford Young sat in the Meade County Courtroom, not saying a word. He and former Brandenburg Officer Todd Matti remain free on bond after being indicted in March for a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Butler asked the attorneys, "do you want to run these cases together?" Special Prosecutor Tom Wine says, "I think judge, they may be tried separately, but I think there is a lot of common issues."
 
Young's attorney started the hearing with a motion to dismiss Young's indictment for one count of rape and two counts of sodomy involving the teen. In documents, Young had said he thought she was 18.

Farmer says, "I don't want to get into the evidence while the case is pending. We want to be fair to all defendants to make sure everyone gets a fair trial. We are going to pursue the case."

Prosecutors have 45 days to issue a response, then Young's attorney must respond in another 30 days. The judge will make a ruling on whether Young's indictment can be dismissed.

Robert Schaefer, Matti's Attorney says, "We're kind of in a wait and see how it works out."
Schaefer is waiting on the judge's ruling that could have implications on Matti's case. The former Brandenburg Officer is charged with two counts of sodomy involving the same 15 year old. Schaefer says prosecutors have now offered Matti a plea deal, but wouldn't get into specifics.

Schaefer says, "They gave us an offer, obviously our position on this is he did absolutely nothing, did nothing wrong, he's innocent. We're interested in talking that through with the Commonwealth to see what they are offering. But, at this point we're assuming we're going to proceed to trial."

The girl's father says he's under a court order to not talk about the case.

Two other officers are accused of having an inappropriate relationship with the same girl, but those cases were never brought up to the Grand Jury in March.

Farmer says, "At this time, we are not going to discuss those cases. We have these cases pending and this is what we're pursuing."

A status hearing for Matti's case is set for June 19th.

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