Lawsuit involving Frankfort PD rape investigation moves forward

Frankfort Police Department (WLFI File Photo)
Frankfort Police Department (WLFI File Photo)

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – A lawsuit centered on a Frankfort Police Department rape investigation moved forward in federal court.

Last April, a lawsuit was filed against the Frankfort Police Department, specific detectives and the City of Frankfort. The lawsuit said Detective Robert Hession and Detective Jason Albaugh had personal relationships with the alleged suspects, and that’s why a thorough investigation was never conducted.

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the suit against Detective Hession and Albaugh, as well as Police Chief Troy Bacon, could move forward, even after those defendants filed a motion to dismiss. The judge did rule in favor of other defendants who filed to dismiss, including Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

The judge also dismissed without prejudice several state counts like conspiracy, but the woman can still pursue those claims in state court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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