Grayson man arrested on sexual abuse charges: Workman charged with multiple counts of abuse against minor

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 The Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced last week that a Grayson man was arrested on multiple counts of sexual abuse and other sexual offenses in charges stretching back to 2016. 

The Kentucky State Police Post 14, in Ashland, announced on January 28 that William R. Workman, 24, of Grayson, had been arrested on multiple charges. These charges include rape, first degree, a Class A Felony; sodomy, first degree, a Class A Felony; incest – victim under 12 years of age, a Class A Felony; and three counts of sexual abuse, first degree, all Class C Felonies. 

The victim, a close relative of Workman’s, was under the age of 12 when the incidents occurred. The offenses occurred between 2016 and 2017 according to an indictment handed down by the Grand Jury of Carter County Circuit Court on January 8, 2021.

According to the Kentucky State Police the abuse was brought to the attention of KSP detectives by the victim. She indicated to detectives that the abuse “started when she was less than twelve years old,” according to a statement by the KSP. 

Evidence was collected and Workman was indicted by the Grand Jury after the case was presented to them last month. 

According to the release Workman “fled on foot” when officers with the KSP and the Carter County Sheriff’s Department approached him to make the arrest. However, he was apprehended a short time later and placed into custody. He is currently lodged in the Carter County Detention Center pending trial. The case remains under the investigation of Detective Boarman with the KSP. 

While the relationship of Workman to the victim is noted in the indictment, under the Class A Felony charge of incest – victim under 12 years of age, the Carter County Times has chosen not to divulge that relationship for the protection of the victim’s privacy. The Carter County Times does not release the names of victims, except under exceptional circumstances. This includes the initials of victims in cases involving minors, where the names are regularly withheld by the court, or other potentially identifying information. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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