Fmr. police cadet found guilty of rape, sodomy

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 11:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former Louisville Metro Police cadet has been found guilty of rape and sodomy. Thursday, after less than three hours deliberation, a jury found Chauncy Rhodes raped a woman who had passed out after a Halloween party back in 2011.

Less than a year and a half ago Rhodes was employed by LMPD on his way to becoming an officer.  But now a jury has recommended he spend 15 years in prison for the crimes which the victim's father says have destroyed her life.

“She couldn't sleep in a bed for over six months, she slept on the floor curled in a fetal position”, recalls the victim’s father.

Before a jury recommended a sentence for Chauncy Rhodes, the father of the young woman he's convicted of raping and sodomizing after a party, asked the jury to consider what the ordeal has done to his family.

“It took her a year before her mother or I could even give her hug because she couldn’t stand the physical contact”, he remembers.

Rhodes, never took the stand in his own defense, but just hours after the crime in October 2011, he told police the then 22-year-old college student wanted to have sex with him.

However witnesses testified the victim had been drinking too heavily to consent and was going in and out of consciousness all night.  The victim told the court she woke up to Rhodes, a former friend, having sex with her.  That wasn’t the first time, according to her, he's made an unwanted advance since she's not attracted to men.

“Maybe he thought he was man enough he could sex the lesbian right out her”, speculated prosecutor Erin White in her closing arguments to the jury.

Rhodes' defense included just one witness, a friend of both Rhodes and the victim.  However another woman, Dora McKnight, who described herself as his second mother spoke on his behalf at sentencing.   She told the court Rhodes is a good young man who went from sleeping in his car in high school to working his way to college.

“He was very driven to succeed, in his full time goal of becoming a police officer, he was a good role model to my grandchildren”, McKnight said.

The jury recommended 15 years in prison out of a possible 40.  Rhodes will be formally sentenced May 20.
 

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