Beshear: Ongoing Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit Investigation Leads to Second Indictment of Louisville Man
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that an indictment in another sexual assault case led his office to indict a Jefferson County man for a second time, now in connection with an alleged 2000 sexual assault.
A McCracken County grand jury indicted Jason Todd Langston, 46, of Louisville, today on four counts, including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, kidnapping and second-degree persistent felon. The charges are all Class B felonies.
Beshear’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Cold Case Unit has indicted Langston twice over the past eight months on eight charges connected to two alleged sexual assaults in McCracken County. Langston is also a registered sex offender following a 2006 conviction in McCracken Circuit Court on multiple counts of sexual abuse.
“This second indictment is directly connected to information obtained through our ongoing investigation and prosecution of the defendant in an alleged sexual assault of a minor,” said Beshear. “This case demonstrates the commitment of our Cold Case Unit to ensuring that every survivor is heard, no matter how much time has passed.”
Beshear’s office initially indicted Langston in August 2018 after a cold case investigation linked DNA evidence from a minor’s 2005 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence or SAFE kit to a profile associated with the defendant.
McCracken County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Boaz had original jurisdiction to prosecute both cases but requested that Assistant Attorney General Dana Todd in Beshear’s unit handle the prosecution.
“We appreciate Attorney General Andy Beshear and his office for taking the lead on these cold cases,” said Boaz. “While justice was originally delayed, we are committed to seeking justice for sexual assault survivors and look forward to our continued partnership with General Beshear as we do our utmost to hold offenders accountable.”
With the assistance of multiple agencies, including the McCracken County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Paducah Police Department, and Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory, Beshear said investigators were able to secure these indictments and will continue to work together to seek justice for both victims.
McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter said, “Without the support of General Beshear’s Cold Case Unit and the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative funding, this case may have never moved forward. Through the combined efforts of my office, the McCracken Commonwealth’s Attorney and General Beshear’s Cold Case Unit, I feel confident we will bring this survivor some measure of justice and hold this repeat offender accountable.”
Paducah Police Chief Brian Laird said, “The Paducah Police Department takes sexual assault investigations very seriously and I appreciate the Office of the Attorney General’s help in resolving sexual assault cases in a timelier manner and finding justice for victims.”
Langston is currently housed at the McCracken County Detention Center on a $70,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled for June 5 and his trial in the first case is set for September 16. At the time of arrest, Langston was residing in Louisville. Bond for the new indictment is set at $100,000. Langston is expected to be arraigned on today’s indictment in McCracken Circuit Court on June 13 at 8:30 a.m. CDT.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Seeking justice for victims of sexual assault is one of Beshear’s core missions.
The Attorney General’s SAKI Cold Case Unit assists cases at every level with an advocate, investigator, prosecutor and coordinator. Beshear said the unit was established in January 2018 from a three-year, nearly $3 million U.S Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance grant.
On May 9, 2016, Beshear provided $4.5 million in settlement money to lawmakers to fund requested Kentucky State Police crime lab upgrades to help end the backlog. Beshear provided an additional $1 million from the settlement to aid law enforcement and prosecutors in conducting victim-centered investigations and prosecuting sexual assault offenders.
Kentucky is one of the few states that has tested every backlogged SAFE kit.
Through the work of Beshear’s office, local law enforcement and prosecutors, today’s indictment marks the ninth indictment linked to the SAFE kit backlog. Beshear’s office has assumed investigation and is currently prosecuting three indictments in the Langston and Artis cases.