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Police officer indicted on sex charges

A central Kentucky police officer now faces rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse charges, following a grand jury indictment.

On Wednesday, the Mercer County Grand Jury indicted 31-year-old Harrodsburg Police Officer Jason Elder on two counts of third degree rape, 48 counts of third degree sodomy, and 96 counts of first degree sexual abuse.

The grand jury indictment says Elder repeatedly had sexual contact with someone younger than 18 between November 2007 and November 2010.

Elder was reportedly a DARE officer.

Elder was not arrested, only summoned to court. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

We're told Elder has been an officer for Harrodsburg Police for several years. He's been suspended with pay for now.

Harrodsburg city commissioners are expected to take up Elder's status with the police department during their next meeting on May 23.

Wanting to hear from Elder, we stopped by the address written on the indictment.

Not only was Elder not home, but there was no furniture in the house.

We then went to the Harrodsburg Police Department where Elder works, and were handed a statement saying the department has no statement until the case is closed.

Our next stop was City Hall, I was told the Mayor was not in and the City Attorney was handling all questions about what's next for Elder considering the seriousness of the charges.

I was told the City Attorney was speaking on behalf of the City Commissioners but the City Attorney was not in the office and didn't return my calls.

Since Elder was a member of the school system's DARE program, we were curious to see if the Superintendent had any comment about allegations concerning minors, again calls were not returned.

A detective with the State Police is handling the investigation. He too, could not be reached by news time on Thursday.

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