Louisville, KY - A Louisville man who was part of a work program designed to integrate convicts back into mainstream employment has been charged for allegedly attempting to rape a co-worker at a Kentucky Humane society. The man was in a court room last Wednesday to answer to his charges.
According to a Louisville Metro Police report, Todd Duke, 41, was at the Louisville Humane Society as a volunteer worker through Dismas Charities – having been assigned to LHS since February. Dismas Charities is a not-for-profit company with the stated goal of “providing effective re-entry programs for offenders” – meaning re-entry into the workforce. Duke was living in a Dismas halfway house and performing the state-mandated community service work after a meth conviction.
Last Monday, Duke allegedly locked a female co-worker in a room, kissed the employee by force, and exposed himself to her. Duke then alledgedly grabbed the victim by the hair and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. The report alleges that Duke continued the attack by trying to take the employee’s pants off in an effort to rape her.
Police said the victim was able to escape but suffered several bruises on her neck, arms, face and hands from the struggle.
Duke is charged with attempted sodomy and attempted rape. The judge assigned to the case said he considers Duke a danger to society and set bond at $50,000 cash. He is currently jailed.
In response to this incident, the Kentucky Humane Society has permanently terminated their involvement with the Dismas Charities Worker Program.
We have seen on D’D that employment at a Humane Society can offer opportunities for casual hookups, however Duke’s actions were a breed apart. It appears, though, that the Kentucky legal system will have no problem dealing with the likes of Todd Duke, if the video taken during his first court appearance is any indication.
To the bigger picture, though, an incident such as this motivates the precise fear in potential employers that programs like Dismas Charities have been designed to combat. In then end, the road to mainstream employment – which was already rocky for Duke’s fellow ex-cons – just got a whole lot rockier.
So… everyone lost on this one. Congratulations, Todd.Tags: Attempted Rape, Humane Society, Kentucky, Todd Duke