Crime

Ex-employee of teen outreach program charged with third-degree rape

A Lexington man was indicted this week for allegedly having sex with a teen he met while working at a program for at-risk youth, according to court documents.

Lorenzo L. Gay, 22, worked at MASH Services of the Bluegrass, an organization that provides emergency shelters and outreach programs for runaway, homeless or otherwise at-risk youth and teens.

Gay is charged with third-degree rape. He was a youth worker at MASH, executive director Rebecca Macleery said. He was employed from January through mid-March. Macleery said company policy prevented her from commenting further.

The Herald-Leader does not typically identify victims of sexual abuse.

Gay, who has no criminal history in Lexington, was arrested March 14, according to court records. Police charged him with first-degree rape. A grand jury reduced that charge to third-degree rape when Gay was indicted Monday. Third-degree rape in Kentucky indicates that no force was used, but that the victim was younger than 16 or the suspect was in a position of authority when the sex act occurred.

MASH is a partner agency of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, city spokeswoman Susan Straub said. In fiscal 2012, the agency received a subsidy from the city of $142,200. Mayor Jim Gray's proposed budget for fiscal 2013 allocates $120,870 for the program, she said.

Gay was released on an unsecured bond to a family member. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 11.

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