Man accused of smoking meth with teens charged with rape

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A man accused of smoking meth with teenage girls was indicted Wednesday on first-degree rape charges as well as drug-related charges.

According to criminal complaints previously filed in the case against Jason Young, 29, the Hodgenville man was accused of meeting up with at least one 15-year-old girl on more than one occasion and smoking crystal meth.

Young was arrested Feb. 19 and at the time only faced drug-related charges, though investigators said more charges could be possible.

On Wednesday, Young was indicted on two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor less than 16, two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor less than 18, one count of distribution of obscene matter to minors and one count of first-degree rape.

According to the indictment, Young is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by the use of forcible compulsion on or about Dec. 10, 2016, while in Nelson County. The indictment does not specify the age of the victim.

The obscene matter charge relates to an accusation that Young knowingly sent, exhibited or distributed an obscene photograph to a victim.

Young’s bail was set at $100,000 cash only, plus conditions. He will be arraigned in court April 6.