What happens when a wealthy, politically-connected businessman is the defendant in a rape case against his former caretaker? This story from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reveals conflicts-of-interests in the investigation, brutal intimidation tactics, and the perks that a high community position can offer a person.

The unnamed accuser was subject to strongly-worded threats and the destruction of her car in the midst an investigation ran by a sheriff who received campaign donations from the accused. She was able to have a no-contact order issued that has stopped the tactics, but there are still nearly eight months left until the trial.