Letters to the Editor week of 1-28-10


False rumors

To the Editor:

The Switzerland County Sheriff’s office has been fielding numerous calls related to the sexual assault which occurred in Ripley County on January 9th, 2010, near the Holton area. The details of the assault are as follows:

On Saturday night, January 9th, 2010, the Ripley County Sheriff’s office received a report of a sexual assault involving a 19-year-old female, near the Holton area, while traveling along Hopewell Road.

The female reported that she had stopped to assist a stranded motorist, when assaulted by a white male who was operating a small, older black pickup truck.

The assailant was described as a white male approximately 30 years of age, 6′-2″, medium build, wearing a green winter (toboggan) style cap, brown coat and blue jeans.

However, several false rumors have been circulating throughout the county. Callers are requesting to know if additional attacks have been reported in other areas. E-mails and text messages are circulating that other women have been attacked at the Versailles State Park and Vevay area. Local law enforcement agencies would like to assure the citizens that there have been no additional reports of this type in the area.

The assault is currently under investigation by the Ripley County Sheriff’s office. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s office at 812-689-5555 or 689-5558.

Nathan E. Hughes

Switzerland County Sheriff