Grand jury to hear Lexington strip club assault case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A grand jury will hear the case of a Lexington man accused of assaulting a co-worker who fainted before seeking medical attention for her.

According to police records, 71-year-old Clyde Sexton was charged with sexually assaulting co-worker Melissa Kline-Smiley, after she fainted while at Fillies Gentleman's Club in Lexington.

Right before Sexton was scheduled to appear in court for his preliminary hearing at the end of last month, Melissa Kline-Smiley died. Coroner Gary Ginn has said in a previous interview that he anticipates the toxicology report will play a role in determining the cause of death.

One thing investigators are looking at closely, is the amount of time that passed between Kline-Smiley losing consciousness and emergency responders being called to the scene to help. Police said in an affidavit that after observing video surveillance, about 23 minutes had passed between when she fainted and when Sexton alerted another employee.

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, the case was waived to the grand jury.

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