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June 23, 2014

Somerset man gets 15 years on rape charge

Somerset —

A Somerset man was sentenced to 15 years in prison stemming from an incident dating back to 2011. 
According to information provided by prosecutor Jeremy Bartley, Douglas Krusley, 53, of Somerset, on Monday appeared for a sentencing hearing before Judge David A. Tapp. 
The 15-year sentence is based on a May 2013 trial, during which Krusley was convicted of first-degree rape. Krusley was accused of engaging in “forcible sexual relations with a mentally incapacitated adult female” in November of 2011, according to Bartley.
The case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. An indictment was returned against Krusley in 2012. 
According to Bartley, testimony from the victim revealed that she was at Krusley’s home to play video games with Krusley’s son. The victim’s guardian also testified that they lived near Krusley and her foster daughter would visit occasionally.
Testimony from experts from the Kentucky State Police Crime lab revealed that bodily fluids collected from the victim during an exam matched Krusley “within a degree of likelihood placed at 1 in 40 quadrillion,” according to Bartley. 
Krusley denied having sexual intercourse with the victim.
After the trial, Krusley’s defense team made several efforts to have the conviction overturned, according to Bartley. 
Krusley will also be a lifetime registrant on the sex offender registry, and he will also be subject to a a five-year period of conditional discharge after his release from prison.
 

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