Owenton police officer arrested, charged with rape

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Officer suspended pending outcome of charges

By Molly Haines

An Owenton police officer was arrested earlier today and charged with first-degree rape and incest.
Rufus Shearer, 59, was booked at the Carroll County Detention Center just before 1 p.m. Shearer is a police officer with the City of Owenton.
Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry declined to comment on the charges or the investigation, but said Shearer turned himself in to Owenton police.
"He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser," Gentry said.
Gentry suspended Shearer pending the outcome of the charges. He was arrested at the Owenton Police Department.
Owenton Mayor David "Milkweed" Wotier declined to comment on the charges or the arrest, citing an ongoing investigation.
A request for comment from Kentucky State Police, the arresting agency, was not immediately returned.
Shearer has served as an Owenton police officer since 1999.
We will update this story as more details become available.