Case against Ky. jailer dismissed


Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The case against a Kentucky jailer has been dismissed under a diversion agreement as long as certain conditions are met.

Mason County jailer Gerald Curtis was indicted last year on charges of abuse of public trust and official misconduct.

The Ledger Independent ( cited records from the Mason County circuit clerk's office in reporting that the case was mediated and the abuse of public trust count was dismissed while a charge of official misconduct was amended and will be dismissed when conditions of the agreement are met.

Conditions include the termination of a co-defendant in the case, jail worker Richard Lathem II.

The charges stemmed from the scrapping of an industrial cooking appliance without the approval of Fiscal Court.

A jury trial had been scheduled in late February.

"The totality of the case suggested this was a good resolution," prosecutor Kelly Clarke said Tuesday.

Defense attorny Ray Bogucki says because of the diversion agreement, a guilty plea was not entered and Curtis' record will be clean after he meets the conditions that have been set out.

County Attorney John Estill, who said he initiated the investigation into the jail, told Fiscal Court members during a meeting on Tuesday that he was satisfied with the agreement.

"I don't think we ever thought this case would result, or in my professional opinion I didn't think, in a felony conviction which would remove the jailer from office."


Information from: The Ledger Independent,