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Former KSP Trooper wants his case dismissed saying it's unconstitutional

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BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- Stratford Young, a former Kentucky State Trooper who was indicted for a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old, is fighting for his case to get dismissed.

For the first time, we're hearing accusations about what the mother knew about her daughter's relationship with the trooper.

"The young lady in this situation was driving a car," said Kenton Smith, Young's attorney. "She was not in school. She and her own mother represented to Mr. Young that she was of age."

Young was not in court, but his attorney was arguing on his behalf. Smith made a motion to get Young's case dismissed.

In March, a Meade County grand jury indicted Young for one count of rape and two counts of sodomy involving the teen. The alleged incidents happened between May and July of last year when Young was 32 years old.

"She was in pursuit of Mr. Young," Smith said. "That doesn't make what happened here appropriate, and Mr. Young knows that, and he's paid a dear price for it."

He went on to say, "He will no longer be a police officer anywhere. He's about to lose his home. He's being foreclosed on and he's paying a dear price for his moral transgressions."

Smith says Young's charges should be dismissed because a police officer isn't listed in the Kentucky Statute as a "person of authority or position of special trust."

Diana Arnold, an Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney, said the defense's argument, "is frankly ludicrous. They are police officers. They carry guns and badges. They wear uniforms. They drive specific vehicles and they exude power and authority."

Smith argued that Young was never in uniform and didn't abuse the police department in any way.

Smith said, "I have been provided info where there was another state police officer who was in uniform and he didn't get charged. Judge, are we going to bring my client in and arbitrarily charge him under this vague definition and not anybody else?"

The cases of the two other officers accused of having an inappropriate relationship with the same girl were never brought up to the grand jury in March.

Judge Bruce Butler says he'll make a ruling on Young's case soon, but didn't give an exact date.

Todd Matti, the former Brandenburg officer indicted for sodomy involving the same girl, was in court to get ready for his trial. His attorney is also waiting on the outcome of Young's case.

"The jury is going to hear how Stratford Young came into contact with this minor because of his position as a police officer," Arnold said.

"We paid for our sins," Smith said. "We've continued to pay for our sins for the rest of our born days. The statute doesn't fit."

Attorneys are talking about the huge amount of evidence in this case. But that evidence remains sealed.

Matti's next pre-trial has been scheduled for June 4, 2015, and his trial is scheduled for June 22, 2015.

A trial date for Young has not been set.

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