HARRODSBURG — A judge warned a suspended Harrodsburg police officer Monday not to go to the place of employment of a teen who alleges he raped and sexually abused her.
The admonishment came during a hearing in the case of Jason Elder, who was indicted in May on 148 counts of third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse. All the counts involve one girl who was 14 at the time of an alleged relationship. She is 17 or 18 now.
During the hearing, Special Prosecutor Tim Cocanougher said the girl had informed him that she had seen Elder at the fast-food restaurant where she worked "on two occasions."
Cocanougher said he wasn't sure if those visits were intentional.
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Defense attorney Elmer George said Elder did not know the teen worked at the restaurant, and he will not patronize that place any more.
Special Judge Rob Johnson reminded Elder not to have contact with the alleged victim. Johnson said if she changes employment, the prosecution should relay information to the defense, so that Elder will know not to go there.
Attorneys for both sides said they need an additional 60 days for more sharing of evidence. Johnson scheduled the next hearing for Jan. 13.
The Harrodsburg City Commission voted in May to suspend Elder without pay. Elder was an officer who conducted Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes in the Mercer County Schools.