Hardin County man indicted in cold case sexual assault

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Thaddeus Artis, of Hardin County, was indicted on 4-11-19 in a cold case rape dating back to 2011

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Hardin County man has been indicted in a nearly decade-old rape case, according to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.

Elizabethtown Police turned the case over as cold to the state.  DNA from the case’s Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kit subsequently matched that from a once backlogged rape kit, which led to the indictment of 37-year old Thaddeus Artis, according to prosecutors.

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Artis was indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, intimidating a participant in the legal process and being a persistent felon in the first-degree, according to prosecutors.

He was already in jail in Marion County on unrelated drug charges at the time of the indictment, according to prosecutors.

Artis is scheduled to answer to the sexual assault charges in Hardin County on April 23.