Knox County man charged with sexual assault

By Dean Manning

Corbin Police have charged a Knox County man with assault, sexual abuse and terroristic threatening of a woman.

Sixty-one-year-old William Taylor of Corbin has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed following an investigation by Corbin Police Detective Rusty Hedrick.

According to Major Rob Jones, the department’s public affairs officer, police were called to the scene on Ford Street in response to a complaint of a domestic disturbance about 3 a.m.

“(Officer Ken) Proffitt got the call and after he figured out it was a sexual assault situation, he called Hedrick to investigate,” Jones said.

According to Hedrick, the victim stated that Taylor had grabbed her by the hair and neck and pulled her to the ground. Taylor then allegedly attempted to pull her pants down.

“Victim reported telling him to stop and began clawing his face,” Hedrick stated in the arrest citation. “She reported that Taylor told her he would kill her.”

“He pulled the hair out of her head in clumps,” Jones added, noting the woman fought back, clawing and scratching Taylor’s face.

“It was a terrible domestic event,” Jones said.

Jones said Taylor admitted to investigators that he did fight with the woman, but denied attempting to pull her pants down.

Jones said the two had gotten together that night with a bottle of rum.

“It was the first time they had gotten together,” Jones said.

Taylor is scheduled to return to Knox District Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to present the case to a Knox County grand jury.

Taylor remains in the Knox County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond.

Under Kentucky Law, second-degree assault is a Class C felony carrying a potential prison sentence of five to ten years.