STANFORD - Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch was shocked that the second-degree sexual abuse charge against former employee Chuck Girdler was only a misdemeanor.
"To be honest with you, I was surprised. I was really flabbergasted," Gooch said.
Girdler was accused of having sex with a female inmate while on duty.
Gooch said even though the sex may have been consensual, he still considers it sexual abuse. Gooch, who sits on the board of directors for the Kentucky Jailers Association, said he and fellow jailers have been discussing sponsoring a bill to get these types of crimes turned into felonies.
Gooch said a prisoner should not be able to consent.
"That's the spirit behind making it criminal. If you're under 16, we presume by law that you can't consent. But I think that if someone has a position of authority over the other person, the other person as a matter of law cannot consent."