Jessamine County

Jessamine sexual assault similar to incident a year ago

NICHOLASVILLE — The sexual assault of a Lexington woman in Jessamine County has some similarities to another incident about a year ago, police said.

The Jessamine County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Sunday sexual assault of a woman who told police she got into a car in the Waller Drive area of Lexington. The man driving the maroon car took her to the Southland Christian Church parking lot near a ballfield and sexually assaulted her, Chief Deputy Allen Peel said.

The sheriff's department learned of the incident at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday from the staff at University of Kentucky Hospital, where the woman was taken for treatment, Peel said. A news release from UK said the incident took place between 3 and 5 a.m.

There are some similarities to a Sept. 5, 2008 incident in which a woman who had been raped told police she was taken from Elizabeth Street in Lexington into Jessamine County along U.S. 68, where the assault occurred, Peel said. In that incident, the man drove a dark full-sized pickup.

In the Sunday incident, the woman said the driver was very overweight, wore no shirt, had dark hair and facial hair. The car might have been a four-door.

The man in the incident from a year ago was described as in his 30s, tanned or possibly of mixed ethnicity, "had a gap between his front teeth and prominent ears." But he was also described as having a large build, was heavy set with dark hair, and a composite sketch based on the victim's recall showed him with a beard.

If you have information about the latest incident, call the Jessamine County Sheriff's Office at (859) 885-9512 or Lexington police at 257-3700.