FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former University of Kentucky board chairman Billy Joe Miles was charged Tuesday with rape, sodomy and bribing a witness.

A grand jury indicted Miles, 76, on Tuesday in Daviess County Circuit Court on one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and bribing a witness, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported (http://bit.ly/2cqEGiJ).

The Daviess County sheriff’s office said in a news release that the office responded to a call on the morning of July 2 regarding a report of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred at Miles’ home address. The sheriff’s office said investigators interviewed a 29-year-old woman who alleged that Miles sexually assaulted her early that morning at that address.

The newspaper wasn’t able to reach Miles or his lawyer, Nick Goetz of Owensboro, for comment.

Miles was jailed at the Daviess County Detention Center after the indictment Tuesday. He was released after posting $150,000 cash bond and surrendering his passport, the sheriff’s office said.

Arraignment is set for Sept. 26.

The sheriff’s office said it has been investigating the case with the special prosecutions division of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office. Beshear spokesman Terry Sebastian said Daviess County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Kuegel requested a special prosecutor. Sebastian declined to say why the request was made.

“Because our office is handling the case for the commonwealth, we cannot comment any further,” Sebastian said.

Miles served three terms on the board between 1995 and 2013 and was chairman from September 1999 to September 2002 and chairman pro tem from July 2010 to September 2010.

He is president of Miles Farm Supply Inc. and owner of Miles LP Gas Inc.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com