Sen. Carroll won't resign seat in wake of sex allegations

07/26/2017 04:32 PM

FRANKFORT – Sen. Julian Carroll said Wednesday that he will not resign his seat in the wake of a Spectrum News report that he propositioned and groped a 30-year-old man in 2005.

Carroll, D-Frankfort, told reporters outside the Capitol Annex cafeteria that there will be “absolutely no resignation,” according to a report by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

When approached by a Spectrum News videographer at the Capitol Annex parking lot as he prepared to leave the campus, Carroll waved and drove off.

He did not return a message left by Spectrum News at his Capitol Annex office. Carroll previously denied the allegations when approached for comment by Spectrum News before publishing photographer Jason Geis’ accusations that Carroll solicited sexual favors in exchange for help enrolling in art school and groped him at his Danville residence in 2005.

The interaction was captured on an audio recording by Geis and investigated by Kentucky State Police, but no charges were filed against Carroll as then-Lincoln County Attorney John Hackley said the case lacked “strong proof of more than a request for sexual contact.”

Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, noted that his caucus unanimously stripped Carroll of his leadership position as minority whip and asked him to resign.

“The caucus has stated our position, and we can’t force anyone to resign,” Jones said in a phone interview with Pure Politics.

Lawmakers in Frankfort declined to comment on Carroll’s decision to stay in office. The former governor has served in the state Senate since 2005 and was unopposed last year as he won a fourth term, which expires in 2020.

Rep. Sannie Overly, a Paris Democrat who also chairs the Kentucky Democratic Party, declined to comment on the situation after an Interim Joint State Government Committee meeting Wednesday. KDP issued a statement Saturday saying it was “terribly concerned” with the allegations that came to light that evening.

Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, declined a request for an on-camera interview after Wednesday’s meeting but offered a statement that it will be up to voters in Carroll’s 7th Senate District “to determine that issue.”

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, also declined a request for comment.

Video by Spectrum News’ Greg Pursifull.


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