EX-KENTUCKY JUSTICE CABINET SECRETARY & FORMER STATE LAWMAKER ARRESTED BY POLICE IN LEXINGTON, KY ON 1ST DEGREE RAPE CHARGE
AUGUST 16, 2022 – written by WADE QUEEN
FOPMER KENTUCKY STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND EX-CABINET JUSTICE SECRETARY JOHN TILLEY, 53, WHO IS ALSO A LAW LEGAL ATTORNEY; WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE RAPE IN LEXINGTON, KY., (LEFT: MUGSHOT PHOTO; RIGHT: OFFICIAL PHOTO AS KENTUCKY CABINET JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY )
A former Kentucky Justice Cabinet secretary and ex-state lawmaker was arrested recently and charged with rape.
Former Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley turned himself into authorities early last week after an arrest citation was issued for him in connection with a rape accusation.
John Tilley, who is 53 years old, and is also a longtime attorney, served as state public safety cabinet secretary and justice from 2015 to 2019. The arrest citation lists John Tilley as a current resident of Oldham County, KY., just outside of Louisville.
The arrest citation against John Tilley says he assaulted and had sex with a woman in a downtown Lexington, KY. hotel room on April 15, 2022; when she was heavily intoxicated, could not and was unable to consent. Even though the alleged rape occurred on April 15, John Tilley was not detained on the charge until Monday, August 9, according to the arrest citation.
John Tilley turned himself in on Monday morning. August 8, just after 9:00 A.M., to police in Lexington, and he appeared in court on Tuesday morning, August 9, for an arraignment after he was charged with the first-degree rape offense. The night before John Tilley’s arraignment and several hours after he was taken into custody, John Tilley posted a $25,000 full cash bond late Monday evening from the Lexington – Fayette County Detention Center, according to Fayette County court documents.
John Tilley’s attorneys said the former state lawmaker is working with authorities and is not guilty of the charges.
“Mr. Tilley maintains his innocence of any criminal wrongdoing and has fully cooperated in the investigation,” attorneys Christopher Spedding and Steve Schroering said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “He respects the court process and will have no further comment at this time.”
As a state lawmaker, John Tilley, who was and still is an attorney, served five terms as a Democratic state lawmaker, as a representative of the western Kentucky city of Hopkinsville, which is in Christian County, and he served as chairman of the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee.
John Tilley became a justice and cabinet secretary under former Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. He served in that capacity during the entirety of the Bevin four year administration.
During his time on the state’s public safety cabinet, John Tilley spoke out against the backlog of untested rape kits that often delayed rape investigations and trials.
“The survivors of sexual assault should never have to endure the uncertainty of another backlog,” John Tilley said about the backlog in 2017 according to WDRB-TV.
John Tilley also In his capacity as justice secretary, sounded the alarm on inmate overcrowding in Kentucky’s prisons and jails.
“The answer is not to build more prison space, the answer is to lower our prison population,” John Tilley said
The case remains under investigation by detectives of the Lexington Police Department.
John Tilley is accused of having sex at a Lexington hotel with a woman who was unable to give consent, because she was too drunk to be able do so. He is pictured with his wife Shelly in these selfies