MURRAY, KY (WAVE) - A sexual assault investigation in Calloway County led to the arrests of four Kentucky National Guard soldiers.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) said troopers responded to Murray-Calloway County Hospital about 10 a.m. on June 3 on a report of a sexual assault. All four suspects were taken into custody the same day.
A preliminary KSP investigation determined the victim was provided with alcohol and then sexually assaulted by the four suspects.
Troopers said the suspects were in Calloway County in preparation for a weekend deployment.
They are identified and charged as follows:
- Austin L. Dennis, 21, of Munfordville, Kentucky; charged with second-degree sodomy
- Jacob F. Ruth, 22, of Munfordville, Kentucky; charged with second-degree sodomy
- Anthony R. Tubolino, 25, of Auburn, Kentucky; charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor
- Tyler A. Hart, 19, of Bowling Green; charged with first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sodomy
The Kentucky National Guard released a written statement on Wednesday about the arrests."Sexual assault is not only a reprehensible act, it is a criminal act. First and foremost our goal is to support the victim of this incident," Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Kentucky's adjutant general, said in the statement. "It is damaging to our morale, to our readiness and to our combat ability. It has no place in the Kentucky National Guard. It goes against all the values we hold dear as service members in the U.S. Military. The men and women of our organization are our greatest resource, and we will do all we can to support the victim."
Anyone with information about this case should call Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 800-222-5555. Citizens also may report tips anonymously through the free KSP mobile app.