UPDATE: Deputy constable waives sex abuse charges to grand jury

Man was working off-duty security at apartment complex: Citation

UPDATE POSTED 11 a.m FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Deputy First District Fayette County Constable Danny Prater waived a preliminary hearing and had sexual abuse charges against him forwarded for review by the Fayette County Grand Jury.

Prater previously had pleaded not guilty during an arraignment last month and had the preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday. But instead, he waived the hearing, according to court officials.

He remains free on bond under orders not to have any contact with the woman involved in the case.

UPDATE POSTED OCTOBER 21, 2021 AT 3:41 P.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Deputy First District Fayette County Constable Danny Prater pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges, according to Fayette County District Court.

Prater made the plea during his arraignment on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Prater has been ordered to not contact the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her outside of her apartment, including remaining 500 feet away from the woman’s apartment complex.

Prater will appear in court again on Friday, Oct. 29.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED OCTOBER 18, 2021 AT 5:45 P.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A deputy First District Fayette County constable is on administrative leave after posting a $3,000 bond Saturday after being charged with first-degree and third-degree sexual abuse of a woman who lives in the apartment complex where he works security when he is off duty.

According to Fayette County District Court citations and records, 34-year-old Danny Prater is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.

The woman’s Ring video surveillance system recorded much of the accusations outside her apartment, according to arrest affidavits signed by her and Lexington Police officer Monika Rozalski who reviewed the surveillance video.

According to the citations, the incidents occurred Oct. 7 when Prater allegedly came to the woman’s apartment, unannounced, as she sat in a chair out front and he began getting “more and more in her personal space” while in full uniform and armed. He became “flirtatious,” asked for her phone and took a picture of himself and put it in her phone contacts.

At one point she tells him to “get out of her face,” and when she started walking to meet some church friends who were bringing her somnething, he “smacks her buttocks” loud enough it can be heard from a distance away on the Ring video.

As she walked up a hill to meet her friends, he grabbed her, picked her up and wrapped her legs around him and began kissing her.

She said she feared fighting him off because he was in uniform and she feared being charged with assault on an officer, according to the affidavit.

At one point she had to text a neighbor and ask him to come visit to make Prater stop his actions and even then he texted her sexually suggestive things, according to the affidavits, which note texts continued and at one point she got a Ring notification and he was at her front door even though she had taken her three children and left.

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