MURRAY — The case of a Murray man accused of rape in an incident reported in March has entered Calloway Circuit Court.
Dannis Lee Seay, 25, was in front of Judge James T. Jameson Tuesday for his arraignment on a charge of first-degree rape/incapable of consent-physically helpless. Seay is a former Murray State cheerleader and is currently a student at Murray State, said the campus’ Director of Communications Shawn Touney.
Seay, who the Calloway County Jail said is a native of Lexington, was indicted by a Calloway County grand jury in May. That indictment states that “on or about the 22nd day of March in 2019, in Calloway County, Kentucky, (Seay) committed the offense of first degree rape when he engaged in sexual intercourse with (alleged victim) who was incapable of consent because she was physically helpless, in violation of Kentucky Revised Statute 510.040.”
Seay was represented by attorney Kevin Bishop of Mayfield on Tuesday. Seay entered a not guilty plea and will next appear in Calloway Circuit on Sept. 5 for a status hearing.
Rape in the first degree is a Class B felony in Kentucky.
“It’s worth 10 to 20 years in prison, so it’s serious stuff, no question about it,” said Calloway Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Foust. “The next step for us is to provide discovery (a legal term for evidence in a case) to his attorney, then we’ll be able to start talking about whether we can work something out or not. With a serious matter like this, it may very well be that we have to go to trial, but we’ll have to see what happens.”
Calloway Assistant Commonwealth Attorney James Burkeen presented the case to the grand jury on May 9. He could not give specific details into the case. He only would say that the alleged incident occurred away from the Murray State campus.
Touney issued a statement Wednesday.
“Tuesday, the university was made aware of an alleged off-campus incident involving a student. The university has no further comment,” he said.
Touney did confirm that Seay was a member of the cheer squad during the 2018-19 academic year. However, he said he was not scheduled to be part of that team in the 2019-20 year.
Court records show that Murray Police Department Officer Aaron Lane made contact with Seay on May 11 at his apartment on Brentwood Drive. Lane was acting on a warrant of indictment and was advised of the warrant. Seay was then placed under arrest and taken to the Calloway County Jail without incident, according to a uniform citation.
Court records also show that Seay posted bond later that day. The Calloway Circuit Court Clerk’s Office said that bond was 10 percent of $3,000 and included conditions that he not have any new arrests/violations or consume or possess any alcohol or illegal/synthetic drugs, while also submitting to random drug tests, appearing in court as ordered and staying in contact with his attorney.
Those records also state that the conditions could change.
Individuals facing charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.