Sexual violence advocacy group speaks out about former Gov. Bevin's pardons

Posted at 5:02 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 18:40:24-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Many are talking about former Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons during his final days in office. He pardoned over 400 people, including a handful of violent offenders. One of which was a man convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl.

Bevin addressed the pardon of Micah Schoettle during an interview on the Terry Meiners show on WHAS radio and said he believes wholeheartedly that Schoettle is innocent.

He said he came to this conclusion because there was no physical or medical evidence to prove otherwise.

"These girls both were examined medically. They were examined physically. There was zero evidence. Zero. Both their hymens were intact," Bevin said.

LEX 18 spoke to Shayla Lynch, an executive director at Kentucky Bluegrass Ampersand who said it's much more complicated than that to determine if someone is a victim, and by denying victims testimonies "it could re-traumatize them, having to deal with their perpetrator now on the loose, and them thinking they weren't even believed. That their story wasn't true, when it was."

Kentucky Bluegrass Ampersand is a resource center for those who have been a victim of sexual violence.

The Courier-Journal has reporting that the FBI is now asking questions about the pardons.