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Inmate accused of rape while on work release

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Within minutes of being released from the Nelson County Jail, a Bardstown man is accused of forcibly raping a woman at a nearby motel.

According to a complaint filed by Bardstown Police Detective Lynn Davis, Joseph C. Redmon, 37, was let out on work release at 5:25 a.m. May 1 and at around 5:30 a.m., he is accused of beating a woman while they were in his truck, then forcibly raping her in a room at Wilson Motel. The victim had visible injuries to the face and was treated at Flaget Memorial Hospital, according to Davis’ complaint. Redmon was serving a two-year sentence at the jail for receiving stolen property.

Police believe Redmon knew the woman prior to the alleged attack.

Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg said a judge in court determines the approval of work release. While work release is designed to allow a non-violent offender to leave the jail to work for a period of time during the day, it has caused some issues in the past, Figg said, including inmates failing to return to the jail and fleeing or contraband being introduced into the jail.

In 2015, two Bardstown Police officers were injured while chasing a fugitive who failed to return to the jail from release. It’s a problem other counties have also seen. The News-Enterprise recently reported on a state prisoner at large after walking away from a work release assignment in Hardin County. He had allegedly escaped custody twice before.

According to a work release order from Nelson Circuit Court, work release privileges are restricted to a specified employer, as well as to certain days and hours. Inmates on work release must remain at the jail at all other times and could be charged with escape if they do not return immediately after work. Other terms of release include no drug or alcohol use, being subject to drug and alcohol testing, and being responsible for transportation to and from work and for meals not consumed during jail times. Work release privileges can be terminated at any time if a violation is believed to have occurred.

Figg said Redmon was charged with rape in the first degree and his bond was set at $100,000. He was transferred to a center in Hardin County Saturday, but a preliminary hearing was scheduled in Nelson County for Tuesday.