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Rape First Degree Indictment Arrest of Transylvania University Police Officer by Kentucky State Police

Dustin T. Watkins

WHITLEY CITY, KY (March 03, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police is reporting that on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, KSP Post 11, London, Troopers served an indictment warrant, making an arrest as the result of a rape investigation stemming from 2020.

Post 11 Trooper Dackery Larkey began the investigation in 2020 and recently presented the case to the McCreary County Grand Jury, which returned an indictment warrant for a suspect in the case.

Wednesday morning Post 11 Troopers located and arrested Dustin T. Watkins, age 31, of Whitley City, in Lexington, KY.

Mr. Watkins, who currently serves as an officer with the Transylvania Police Department.

Mr. Watkins served as a McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy at the time of the alleged incident leading to Wednesday’s arrest.

Dustin Watkins was charged with:

  • Rape 1st degree

This individual was transported to and lodged inthe Whitley County Detention Center.

Photo of the accused is courtesy of Whitley County Detention Center.

Both the Transylvania Police Department and the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department have been cooperative throughout the investigation.

The investigation remains ongoing by lead investigator Trooper Dackery Larkey.

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