Sheriff’s son makes first court appearance for rape, sodomy charges

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Patrick Melton, son of Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, arrested in Lexington on rape and sodomy charges 8-28-18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The son of a Kentucky sheriff made his first court appearance Wednesday in a rape case.

Patrick Melton pleaded not guilty to rape and sodomy charges. Melton is the Franklin County sheriff’s 21-year-old son.

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The young man’s attorney who says he looks forward to clearing Melton’s name.

His attorney calls him ‘a good kid’, but his arrest citation argues the opposite.

Patrick Melton, a 21-year-old UK sophomore, was arrested Tuesday and charged with rape and sodomy.



According to his arrest citation, a woman told police she passed out last month after drinking with friends at Melton’s off campus house.

When Melton came back after a night at Two Keys, he reportedly told the woman he wanted to have sex with her.

She said “no” repeatedly because they didn’t have a condom. When his roommates told him they didn’t have condoms either, Melton reportedly had sex with the woman even as she tried to get away. She says she even kicked him off at one point, but he got back on top of her.

“We look forward to vigorously defending this case,” Noel Caldwell, Melton’s attorney, said.

Caldwell says the arrest citation isn’t the only version of the story.

“We look forward to the facts coming out. We look forward to other witnesses that we believe will play an essential part,” Caldwell said.

Though Melton is the Franklin County sheriff’s son, Caldwell says his case has nothing to do with the office.

“Pat Melton, who is the sheriff of Franklin County, is very supportive. There’s been an outpouring of support and love for his family in this,” Caldwell said.

As “this” continues, Melton is out of jail, awaiting his next chance to answer to these charges.

Caldwell says he hopes UK will allow him to continue his studies as a sophomore in the College of Education.

ABC 36 asked the University for information on how it educates students about sexual assault.

This is a statement from Lindsey Blumenstein, director of the UK Violence Intervention and Prevention Center:

 

“Safety is a leading priority at the University of Kentucky, and UK’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, known as the VIP Center, plays a major role in contributing to a safe environment.  VIP offers advocacy to survivors of gender-based violence and sexual violence by providing free and confidential access to survivor advocates. VIP provides the campus community with both on- and off-campus resources for survivors, friends and family of survivors. The center also provides several educational programs that address both consent issues, and how one can become an active bystander within their community to help reduce violence. The VIP Center uses the nationally recognized bystander intervention program called Green Dot, which teaches active bystander strategies for preventing violence.  VIP also provides the student-led #consentculture program that enhances participants’ knowledge about the dynamics and impact of interpersonal violence, how consent is defined and granted, and how to promote a culture of consent at UK.”–Lindsey Blumenstein