Former Governor Julian Carroll accused of groping man, asked to resign from Senate
The Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus has called on Sen. Julian Carroll to resign amid reports that he propositioned and allegedly groped a man in 2005.
LOUISVILLE, Ky, (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus has called on Sen. Julian Carroll to resign amid reports that he propositioned and allegedly groped a man in 2005.
The story was first reported Saturday night by Spectrum News Pure Politics. The story states that Carroll took interest in then 30-year-old photographer Jason Geis but then it escalated to the point where Carroll propositioned Geis for sex, according to Spectrum.
In a recording that Spectrum purports to be an exchange between Carroll and Geis, Carroll asks Geis to masturbate him and perform oral sex on him. Geis also told Spectrum that Carroll then groped him.
“In light of recent media reports, the Senate Democratic Caucus has voted to remove Senator Carroll from his leadership position as minority whip. The Senate Democratic Caucus calls on Senator Carroll to resign his Kentucky State Senate seat, immediately," Kentucky senate Democrats said in a statement.
Carroll represents parts of Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen and Woodford counties. He has served as a state senator since 2005. From 1974 to 1979, Carroll served as the 54th governor of Kentucky.
"This is an extremely disturbing case and we hope a full investigation is conducted into both the actions of Senator Carroll and whether or not Frankfort politicians used their influence to alter the path of the investigation in the aftermath," said Tres Watson, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky.
According to the report, the Lincoln County prosecuting attorney declined to press charges.
A phone message for Carroll was not returned Sunday afternoon.
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