Lawrenceburg man charged with rape of 16-year-old girl

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By Tim McCarthy

A Lawrenceburg man remains behind bars after being charged with the first-degree rape of a 16-year-old female.

Larry Wayne Cook, 28, of 442 Secretariat Drive, "grabbed the victim, pushed her onto the bed, punched her, grabbed her around the neck and had sexual intercourse with her," according to a warrant served Nov. 10 by officer Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

The criminal complaint alleges that Cook engaged in sexual intercourse with the juvenile by "forcible compulsion."

The Anderson News does not print the names of alleged victims of sexual assault.

The incident occurred Nov. 7 at the victim's residence in Lawrenceburg, according to Lawrenceburg Police Department Detective Mike Schell.

The victim did not immediately report the incident, Schell said.

He said the victim was traveling with friends in a vehicle on the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway when a 911 call to the Woodford County Police Department was made.

The call was forwarded to Lawrenceburg police, who alerted the Anderson County Sheriff's Department. A deputy was sent to meet with the victim on the parkway. She was then transported by ambulance to Frankfort Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

Cook was arraigned Nov. 15 in Anderson County District Court and, as of Tuesday afternoon, remained in the Franklin County Regional Jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash bond.

Cook also faces a Class D felony charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance. The criminal complaint alleges Cook unlawfully possessed six Xanax tablets, found Nov. 10 by officers serving the rape warrant.

A preliminary hearing on the rape charge was held Nov. 19 in District Court and the case was bound over to the Anderson County grand jury. The hearing on the controlled substance charge is scheduled for Nov. 29.

Schell said the rape charge would be heard by the grand jury in the first or second week of December.

If convicted, Cook would face up to 20 years in prison with a fine of not more than $10,000 for the rape offense, and up to five years in prison with a fine of not more than $10,000 for the controlled substance charge, according to County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.