Sex offender is accused of kidnapping 3 girls, forcing them to clean, and then abusing one

Roderick Whitney
Roderick Whitney

A convicted sex offender is accused of kidnapping three children and sexually abusing one of them while forcing them to clean his home.

The Henry County Local reported that Roderick Dale Whitney, 51, of Eminence, tried to lure three girls, ages 10, 8 and 7, into his car by telling them he’d take them swimming if they cleaned his house, according to an arrest citation.

When the girls refused, Whitney allegedly grabbed their shirts and arms and forced them in, the newspaper reported. After taking them to his home on Hillcrest Drive, Whitney is accused of forcing the children to clean his bathroom walls and other parts of the home.

He is accused in the arrest citation of sexually abusing the 10-year-old while she was made to clean the carpet with a toothbrush, the newspaper reported. The other girls said they saw the abuse and “pleaded with him to stop.”

WKYT reported that a warrant for Whitney’s arrest was issued weeks after the alleged incident.

Whitney is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under 12 years old, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping a minor, second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot and being a registered sex offender in violation of public playground restrictions, Henry County court records show.

Whitney was arrested Monday afternoon on Broadway in Eminence. He was being held in the Oldham County Jail Tuesday on $25,000 cash bond, according to the jail website.

Whitney was convicted in Jefferson County of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, according to the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry. The victim was 10 years old.

Whitney was charged in April with failing to comply with sex offender registration.

An officer with the Eminence Police Department wrote in a uniform citation that he had been conducting a background check on Whitney when he discovered that Whitney was living at a home on Hillcrest Drive, which was not the address on file for him at the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry.