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Two men indicted on bribery charges in rape case

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Rapier also accused of seeking to have man’s house burned and dogs killed

By Staff

Two Bardstown men with a history of drug-related felonies are now facing charges of bribery in connection to a rape investigation.

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Patrick S. Rapier and Orville D. Beavers, both of Bardstown, were indicted Wednesday on complicity to bribing a witness, a Class D felony.

The alleged bribery occurred sometime between July 5 and Sept. 27, in which the men are accused of attempting to induce a witness not to appear and testify in court. The witness, whose name will be withheld, was set to testify against Rapier in a court case in which he was accused of raping her, among other charges.

Beavers was arrested on Tuesday in Hardin County. The arrest warrant provides additional details in the case and says the men were caught because of their conversations on phone calls recorded in the jail.

According to a complaint from Detective Ken Borders of Kentucky State Police Post 4, Beavers was heard in “multiple recorded jail phone calls” talking to Rapier about tampering with a witness. In many of the calls, the complaint states, “Beavers can be heard saying he has directed people to tamper with (the witness’) testimony and influence her to give a recorded statement or come to court and say that Rapier did not rape her.”

Beavers allegedly offered to pay the witness $100 and told her to go “buy a steak dinner,” according to the complaint, and was also heard in several calls saying he would make sure the witness met with Rapier’s attorney to give an amended statement.

Rapier had been indicted on the first- and third-degree rape charges and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor in July. The alleged offenses occurred in 2014 and 2015.

The rape charges came several months after Rapier was charged with escape after he fled a Nelson County courtroom where he had appeared on drug charges stemming from 125 suspected marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia found inside his home.

In Rapier’s latest indictment Wednesday, he was also indicted on second-degree solicitation to commit arson, a felony, and second-degree solicitation to commit animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. Rapier is accused of commanding or encouraging Beavers to light Charles Oehler’s house on fire and to kill his dogs.

The indictment provides no motive for the alleged actions against Oehler. However, Oehler was arrested in August 2016 after leading police and Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force agents on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash in northern Nelson County.

In the vehicle Oehler was driving agents found 6.5 pounds of crystal meth, 5.5 ounces of cocaine, 3.5 pounds of marijuana, 18 vials of steroids and more than $21,000 in cash.

Oehler was indicted by a federal grand jury from that incident and is scheduled for sentencing on federal drug charges Nov. 2 in Louisville.

On Wednesday, both Beavers and Rapier were indicted as persistent felony offenders. Beavers was also indicted for possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $100,000 cash only, plus conditions. Rapier’s bond was set at $200,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Both will be arraigned in court Oct. 19.