FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Newly released documents show
investigators "found no grounds" to open an investigation into an
inmate's claim that she had been sexually abused a decade ago by
Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams.
The attorney general's office released the documents Tuesday,
two weeks before the Nov. 8 general election in which Williams is
the top challenger to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's bid for
Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate, responding to
requests by the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal,
ruled last month that records involving the woman's complaint would
be made public.
Williams, a Burkesville lawyer, had represented the woman in a
criminal case but denied that he had sexual contact with her. The
records show that the woman was in the Kentucky Correctional
Institute for Women at Pewee Valley when she made the claim against Williams.
The Kentucky Bureau of Investigation dropped the case after a
preliminary investigation found no basis for charges.
Williams and the woman sued to block release of the documents,
claiming invasion of privacy. That touched off a legal skirmish
with the newspapers that put the case back in the public spotlight.
The documents, however, show the case was officially closed in
2008, with the notation: "Without further information or any other
witnesses being located, there is no reason to continue this
The Williams campaign had no immediate comment on Tuesday.
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