Critics attack Bevin’s pardon of man convicted of child rape

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is defending his controversial pardon of a man convicted of raping a child.

Bevin said in a radio interview that there was no physical evidence of an assault in the case against Micah Schoettle.

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Schoettle was convicted of rape, sodomy and other sexual crimes and sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2018.

Rob Sanders, the prosecutor whose office worked the case, says he is investigating the pardon. He called Bevin’s pardon “classless” and suggested that Bevin did no research on victims of sexual assault.