UPDATE: Jessamine County fire chief enters Alford plea in sex abuse-trespassing case
Michael Rupard faces misdemeanor charges
UPDATE (6/9/22) – Jessamine County Fire Chief Michael Rupard entered an Alford plea in court Tuesday as part of a plea agreement in the case against him, according to the clerk’s office.
An Alford plea means the defendant pleads guilty to an offense but maintains their innocence.
According to the clerk’s office, Rupard was originally charged with 3rd-degree sexual abuse and criminal trespassing. As part of the plea agreement, the sexual abuse charge was reduced to a harassment charge.
Court records show a woman took out a protection order against Rupard in January. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail for harassment and one year in jail for criminal trespassing. Both of those sentences, according to the clerk’s office have been suspended. Rupart will be on supervised probation for two years. He’s also been ordered not to have contact with the victim.
ORIGINAL POST (3/25/22)
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jessamine County Fire Chief Michael Rupard has been indicted on misdemeanor sex abuse and trespassing charges, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Citing Jessamine District Court records, the newspaper reports a woman sought a temporary interpersonal protective order against the 59-year old Rupard in January of this year.
John Reynolds, the attorney for Rupard, told the newspaper, “The allegations are false and are unfortunately politically motivated. My client and I are looking forward to our day in court.”
The report says Rupard is scheduled to be arraigned on his charges in Jessamine District Court on April 13, 2022.