BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – Former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has been indicted on multiple charges.
Royalty faces charges of perjury, official misconduct and false swearing.
The indictment does not specify what Royalty said that was false; however, April 13, 2017, is listed under the perjury charge, the day Royalty testified for about two hours during a hearing where council members ultimately removed him from office.
Council members found him guilty of official misconduct, as he was accused of looking through personal emails of Councilwoman Keisha Copeland on her city-issued iPad.
Royalty explained he thought it was within his powers as mayor to do what he did because the iPads were city property.
Last week WHAS 11 News aired a picture outside the daycare that Royalty owns. The former mayor had a sign outside of his business, along with toilets lined up saying ‘Council Seats for Sale, $40,000,’ referring to the city's settlement with the councilwoman over that iPad issue.
His bail is $5,000 cash only, and his arraignment is set for Oct. 19.