Lexington man indicted in sexual assault case

kward1@herald-leader.comNovember 18, 2013 

A grand jury has indicted a Lexington man who police say sexually assaulted a woman after she became unconscious at a strip club. The woman later died.

Police say Clyde Wesley Sexton, 71, and Melissa Kline-Smiley, 37, were doing painting and trim work at Fillies Gentleman's Club on Winchester Road on July 25 when Kline-Smiley passed out.

Rather than immediately calling for help, Sexton allegedly performed sexual acts on her, according to police and court documents.

Police have said help was not summoned until 20 to 30 minutes after Kline-Smiley fell unconscious. She was placed on life support at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and died July 29.

Kline-Smiley's death certificate showed she died of a lack of oxygen to her brain and that her death was consistent with "acute effects" of heroin, the painkiller hydrocodone and clonazepam, an anti-anxiety drug and muscle relaxant. The death certificate also said that an "asphyxial component leading to death (compression of chest, obstruction of airway)" can't be ruled out.

Sexton was indicted Nov. 13 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and tampering with physical evidence.

A police affidavit says he covered a video camera with a during the incident.

Sexton is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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