Not guilty plea in Floyd County sexual abuse case

FLOYD — A Floyd man who faces life in prison after being charged with sexual abuse after an incident in July has pleaded not guilty.

61-year-old Rodney McCarty has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and first-offense operating while intoxicated.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Floyd County District Court, McCarty is accused of going into a home east of Floyd on the evening of July 26th, physically and sexually assaulting a woman, and holding her against her will for about two hours.

The woman was able to escape when a friend arrived at her house. The victim and her friend were able to provide a description of the suspect and the license plate of the vehicle, with McCarty having left his driver’s license along with his clothes at the scene of the assault. McCarty was later found in his vehicle, unconscious behind the wheel and naked.

McCarty last week filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges, with his trial being set to start on October 25th.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Class A felony punishable by life in prison. First-degree burglary is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.