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Evidence emerges in case against former state trooper indicted for rape of teen girl

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BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- We're learning new details about the case involving a former state trooper indicted in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Back in March, a Meade County grand jury indicted former State Trooper Stratford Young and former Brandenburg Officer Todd Matti for an inappropriate relationship with the 15-year-old. Evidence in Young's case is sealed.

WDRB has documents outlining the evidence in the case against Young and why he says his case should be dismissed.

But from the documents, WDRB has learned there are 148 pieces of evidence that the Commonwealth has collected: cell phone records, audio and video interviews and dozens of photos. There are interviews with the teen, along with her Facebook photos. Interviews with her mom and dad, and the girl's drug test results are also part of the evidence.

The Commonwealth says it has several audio interviews, including those with former Trooper Jerry Clanton, who admitted to sexual relations with the girl.

Clanton lost his job, but claims he didn't know she was underage.

Former Breckinridge Deputy Chris Woosley resigned. His voicemail, phone calls, photos from his cell phone, and interview are also entered as evidence.

Woosley and Clanton's cases were never brought up to the grand jury.

On May 22, 2013, Sara Farmer, an Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney said, "At this time, we are not going to discuss those cases. We have these cases pending and this is what we're pursuing."

Young is charged with rape and sodomy, but his attorney argues the charges should be dropped because the law is too vague and doesn't define a position of authority as a police officer.

"Ordinary citizens of mature age and wisdom are quick to recognize the authority of a police officer," said Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine, who is the special prosecutor in the case. "It is inconceivable that minors would be any less apt to recognize this authority."

Both Young and Matti remain free on bond. Matti is expected back in court in July and Young in August.

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