Harrodsburg suspends police officer without pay after felony sex charges

The Harrodsburg City Commission on Monday night voted to suspend without pay a police officer who was indicted last week on more than 140 counts of felony sex offenses, City Attorney Douglas Greenburg said.

Officer Jason Elder had been suspended with pay after the Mercer County grand jury returned the indictment, but the commission passed a resolution to suspend him without pay. "His badge was turned in and his weapon was turned in," Greenburg said.

Elder, 31, was indicted on two counts of third-degree rape, 48 counts of third-degree sodomy, and 96 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, according to the indictment.

Special Prosecutor Tim Cocanougher said the counts all involve one victim who was 14 at the time that Elder, now 31, began a relationship with her. The girl is now 17.

Elder was an officer who conducted Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes in the Mercer County schools.

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