Fayette County man is accused of sexually assaulted on mentally challenged adult


On Januray 14 2016,  Fayette County Sherrifs Department arrested. John Travis Perry, age 29, of Scarbro was arrested charged with ten counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault.  “Given the functional level of the victim, the suspect could have been charged with either Second Degree Sexual Assault or with Third Degree Sexual Assault,” said Sheriff Kessler.    

In June of 2015 a mentally challenged adult male disclosed to his pastor that he had been sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by an adult male in the Oak Hill area of Fayette County.  Although this victim is an adult by his chronological age, given his low level of mental functioning we elected to conduct an interview with this victim at the Just For Kids, Inc. Child and Youth Advocacy Center in Oak Hill.  During this forensic interview this victim disclosed that he had been sexually assaulted on at least ten occasions by an adult male in the Oak Hill area.  All of these alleged sexual assaults involved both oral and anal sodomy and all of these sexual assaults were alleged to have occurred in the area of the Collinwood Mobile Home Park where the victim and the suspect resided at that time.  According to the criminal complaint filed in connection with this investigation, the victim did not consent to these sexual assaults but the alleged perpetrator forced the victim to engage in this conduct.    

By the time that this pattern of alleged sexual assaults was reported to the Sheriff’s Office and a forensic interview was arranged with the victim, the alleged perpetrator had moved away from this area.  Earlier this month investigators from the Sheriff’s Office were finally able to locate and interview the alleged perpetrator identified in connection with these reported sexual assaults.  A criminal complaint was then filed in the Magistrate Court of Fayette County.  

“We are grateful for the assistance provided to us by the Just For Kids, Inc. Child and Youth Advocacy Center in conducting this investigation,” said Sheriff Kessler.  “Although this victim was an adult at the time these incidents allegedly occurred, his level of mental functioning made a normal fact-finding victim interview almost impossible.  Just For Kids, Inc. conducted a forensic interview using the same techniques that we use when dealing with younger children who are the victims of these types of crimes.”  

This incident remains under investigation by Detective-Corporal James M. Pack of the Fayette County. 

Sheriff’s Office.  
Authorized for Release, January 14, 2016
Steve W. Kessler, Sheriff of Fayette County

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