LEXINGTON, Ky. — A police sergeant in Kentucky has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree rape.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Lexington Police Sgt. Christopher Morrow entered the plea Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court after his indictment Monday by a grand jury.

The indictment says the alleged offense occurred March 20.

Defense attorney Scott Crosbie says Morrow is shocked by the allegations and disappointed by the decision to bring charges.

Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said in a news release that a complaint was filed against Morrow in May and was forwarded to Kentucky State Police for investigation.

Angel says the 39-year-old has been suspended without pay.

Morrow is free on bond.

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