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18-year-old charged with rape after investigation into sex with girls ages 12, 13

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An 18-year-old Bardstown man is facing serious charges allegedly having sex with two girls, ages 12 and 13.
According to a press release from the Bardstown Police Department, Michael D. Cornish was arrested Tuesday after officers investigated a rape complaint.

The investigation revealed that Cornish had sexual intercourse with the two underage victims.

According to the uniform citation, Cornish is accused of having sex with both of the juveniles on one occasion, and again with one of the juveniles on a separate occasion. He was taken to BPD for questioning, where he reportedly admitted to having sex with one juvenile, but denied having sex with both.

Cornish was charged with three counts of second-degree rape (no force) and three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor (illegal sex act under 16). He was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.

The investigation is continuing, and those with information regarding this case are asked to contact the Bardstown Police Department at (502) 348-6811 or the Nelson County Dispatch at (502) 348-3211.