Victim changes story; rape charge is dismissed

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - After investigating claims, the Bullitt County Attorney’s office and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department have dropped charges against a local man.

Darrell W. McHargue was charged recently with rape of a teenage boy in the Kings Forest area. The alleged rape earlier this month and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department began investigating on Aug. 13, according to Sgt. Mike Murdoch, supervisor of the investigations branch.

“The victim admitted he lied,” Murdoch said on Wednesday.

The press conference came less than an hour after county attorney Monica Meredith Robinson filed a motion to dismiss the rape charge.

In a prepared statement, Robinson said that based on the statements of the victim and two witnesses, the sheriff’s department had probable cause to charge McHargue. 

“As with all cases, the investigation does not end as a result of an arrest and the subject being charged,” said Murdoch.

During the investigation, Murdoch said the story began to fall apart.

Finally, the alleged victim was interviewed once again.

“When re-interviewed by detectives, the alleged victim also changed his story and admitted that he lied to investigators and that the incident did not happen,” said Murdoch.

Keeping in contact with Robinson’s office throughout the investigation, Murdoch said steps were taken to dismiss the charges.

On Wednesday, Robinson filed a motion in Bullitt District Court asking that all charges be dropped.

“Based upon continued interviews and investigation by the Bullitt County Sheriff, the Commonwealth is now fully satisfied that Mr. McHargue was not involved in this matter and did not commit the crime of rape in the first degree,” wrote Robinson.

Murdoch said the case was still under investigation. He could not answer whether the juvenile or any adults might face charges for making the false allegations.

“We believe we had probable cause,” said Murdoch.

He added that the sheriff’s department did not make the initial calls to the media. At that time, the investigation was in its initial stages.