HODGENVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The investigation of Hodgenville’s mayor and city clerk now includes the police chief.
“It just, I feel like it degrades me,” Chief Steve Johnson of the Hodgenville Police Dept. said. “And insults my integrity to stand there and say I helped hide somebody that was wanted.”
Kentucky State Police seized Johnson’s cell phone two weeks ago. According to Johnson, they are investigating the police chief for official misconduct and hindering the prosecution. He claims KSP believes he helped Mayor Terry Cruse and the city clerk, MaDonna Hornback, evade law enforcement between the time a grand jury indicted them on Monday Dec. 16, and when they turned themselves on the morning of Dec. 17.
“They asked me if I knew where the mayor was at,” Johnson said. “I told them no, that I just called and it went to voicemail.”
Johnson admits he did speak with Mayor Cruse while a warrant was still out for his arrest, but did not know the mayor’s location. Johnson claims that during the conversation, he did exactly what the KSP asked him to do and told Cruse they wanted the Mayor to turn himself in or contact KSP.
“[Cruse] said that his instruction from his attorney was to show up at 8 o’clock in the morning,” Johnson said.
Johnson still has not gotten his phone back from investigators. He paid $400 from his own pocket for a new phone to stay available for the city.
“I don’t know what they’re looking for,” he said.
Kentucky State Police only said they are looking into incidents in the city. They will release details once their investigation is finished.