Man admits to his role in Laurel County attempted sexual assault case
The Laurel County Sheriff's Department has arrested a man involved in
Laurel Co. Sheriff John Root says an investigation led to the arrest of 46-year-old Walter Earl Darling on Monday afternoon in London.
Deputies say Darling used his vehicle with emergency lights to pull over a woman on KY-192 west of London on the night of Sept. 4, 2019.
The woman told authorities that the man forced her to drive to a hayfield where he attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to get away and find help.
"He was armed with a knife, and he forced her to drive to a remote location. We're not sure where that was, and she's not sure because she was so traumatized," said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.
Darling was identified in a photo lineup and admitted to investigators he committed the crimes. The car he used has not yet been found.
Darling is charged with attempted rape, attempted sodomy, unlawful imprisonment, and impersonating a police officer.
The sheriff says more arrests are expected in the case.
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