MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Kentucky jailer and a maintenance employee on charges of abuse of public trust and official misconduct.
The Ledger Independent (http://bit.ly/16gTF7g) reports the indictments handed down Friday against Mason County Jailer Gerald Curtis and employee Richard Lathem II charged the two with improperly disposing of an industrial skillet.
Sheriff Patrick Boggs said Judge-Executive James L. "Buddy" Gallenstein asked for the investigation after becoming aware that the skillet was missing from the jail and then learning that it had been scrapped.
Gallenstein said the skillet was purchased by the county and subject to certain surplus procedures.
Curtis, however, said the skillet was purchased with jail commissary funds and not subject to surplus procedures.
"If any fool can't see this is political ... I haven't done anything wrong, Richard hasn't done anything. I think it's a shame when we have all these drug problems and you take two innocent people and turn them into criminals," Curtis said.
Curtis said the skillet needed to be repaired, which would have cost $4,000, or replaced, which would have cost $8,000.
The indictment alleges that public trust was abused "when he used public money from the scrap and sale of items belonging to the Mason County Detention Center and/or the Mason Fiscal Court and dealt with said monies as his own or otherwise failed to make the required disposition of same, by authorizing the expenditure of said monies without properly following surplus property procedures of the Mason Fiscal Court. Said items valuing less than $10,000."
Information from: The Ledger Independent, http://www.maysville-online.com