Rape cases against former LMPD officer being stalled, attorney says
A Louisville Metro Police officer quit the force in 2017 after nine women accused him of rape. But at the end of a year that saw six lawsuits filed, no charges have followed.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Police officer quit the force in 2017 after nine women accused him of rape. But at the end of a year that saw six lawsuits filed, no charges have followed.
So what's holding up the case of Pablo Cano?
Attorney Shannon Fauver, who represents six women who've spoken out against Cano, said the city has delayed discovery requests, denied depositions and repeatedly tried to have the cases, which are in front of six different judges, dismissed. Fauver said she's in a constant battle between the County Attorney's office defending the city and Cano's own attorneys.
"One way or another, it has to be completed for these women to move on with their lives, and it doesn't help the city that it looks like they're doing this on purpose," Fauver said. "There's no reason it would take this long to indict somebody. They indict people all the time. The grand jury meets once a week."
As the civil proceeding crawl, criminally, it's at a halt. LMPD started the investigation into Cano a year ago, and the commonwealth's attorney is yet to take it to a grand jury.
Cano quit the force in September of 2017. That day, LMPD released a statement saying his resignation would not, "not diminish the scope and intent of our investigation."
In January, WDRB News received a text message from Commonwealth Attorney's office spokesman Jeff Cooke, confirming LMPD's Public Integrity Unit sent their findings to prosecutors to decide on criminal charges.
"The Cano case has been referred to us for review," Cooke wrote. "There is still additional information expected from PIU before our review will be completed."
Nearly six months later, the status remains unchanged. Cooke said again Friday that the Cano case is "under review."
Lost in the lawyering is the voice of the alleged victims. One of them spoke to WDRB News in July of 2017 about the lasting impacts.
"I live in fear," she said. "I'm always looking over my shoulder. It's devastating."
The delay even alarms city leaders.
"We have victims, allegedly, that should be addressed. And I think it's important that those people be prosecuted and the city be open and transparent in dealing with these situations," Metro Council President David James said. "If you are asking if I am happy with the speed with which the city addresses these types of issues, the answer is no."
Cano's attorney Steve Schroering continually says his client is innocent and that the delays may be tied to the amount of electronic records, like laptops, cell phones and social media accounts, being reviewed.
"It is long for this type of investigation, but for the materials that have to be reviewed, it's becoming not so uncommon," Schroering said.
Fauver said all six women who filed lawsuits against Cano have been deposed by the city and interviewed at least twice by police. She asked for a hearing next month for a judge to force the city to stop dragging its feet.
But Cano's nine accusers say they're growing weary of the wait for justice.
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