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Former LaRue deputy jailer arrested for rape, sodomy

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By Doug Ponder

 A former deputy jailer of the LaRue County Detention Center was arrested on Tuesday, September 4 for rape and sodomy.

Jerome G. Perry, 42, of Vine Grove was charged with three counts of third degree sodomy and one count of third degree rape.

Scotty Sharp, Public Affairs Officer for Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown, confirmed that Perry was a former deputy jailer at the LaRue County Detention Center and that he is no longer employed there. He said they were recently notified that three females had been sexually assaulted by Perry while he was employed at the LaRue County Detention Center.

According to the arrest citation, Perry told detectives during an interview that he had sexual acts performed on him by two different inmates at three different times. Perry also admitted to having sexual intercourse with another inmate on a separate occasion at the jail.

Perry is currently lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center without bond. The investigation is ongoing and the Kentucky State Police is in charge of the investigation.

Jailer’s response

LaRue County Jailer Johnny Cottrill said Perry was hired nine months ago and that he looked like the perfect employee to hire.

“He had a clean background check and had previous experience working at another correctional facility,” Cottrill said. “We hire people often that look good on paper and you think they will be great employees. Most of them are, but some of them end up being disappointments. Perry has been a big disappointment.”

Cottrill said the investigation started on August 27 when a female inmate told a female deputy jailer that she had sexual intercourse with Perry at the jail. Cottrill said he immediately notified the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

“Our policy is only female deputies are allowed in female inmate cells and male deputies are only allowed in male inmate cells. Unless there is some emergency going on of course,” Cottrill said. “We have training and monthly meetings on these kind of things. We didn’t hear about it until the female inmate told us and didn’t catch anything like this happening on our cameras. The other thing is there is no such thing as consensual sex with deputies in a jail. The inmates are a victim in every case.”

Cottrill went on to say that Perry was actually fired on August 20, which was before they learned about the sexual accusations on August 27. Cottrill said Perry was fired for missing a shift of work and also for receiving a DUI.

“Unfortunately, this kind of stuff happens in other correctional facilities in the state and country too. It’s unfortunate that it happened to us this time,” Cottrill said. “You put your trust in your employees to do a good job and this is upsetting. These types of actions won’t be tolerated.”