Former UK basketball player Michael Porter indicted on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse

jkegley@herald-leader.comAugust 15, 2012 

A former University of Kentucky men's basketball player was indicted this week on charges stemming from accusations that he had sexual contact with an underage girl.

Michael James Porter, 25, is charged with six counts of third-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. A grand jury indicted him Monday afternoon.

Porter was arrested May 15 after a sting operation by Lexington police yielded evidence that he had oral sex with a girl he met at church functions, where he was a group leader, according to court documents.

According to police and court documents, multiple illegal sex acts took place from November 2009 to April 2010, when the girl was 14 and 15 years old.

The former Wildcat played in 90 games over three years at UK, averaging 2.7 points a game. He left UK with one year of eligibility remaining, saying he wanted to spend more time with his wife and family. He played one year for Tubby Smith and two for Billy Gillispie.

He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges in district court. He is scheduled to be arraigned again in circuit court Aug. 24.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197 Twitter: @HLPublicSafety

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