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Brandenburg Mayor talks only to WDRB about officer on paid leave

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Brandenburg, KY (WDRB) -- The Brandenburg Mayor says he has nothing to hide and is speaking out about his officer on paid administrative leave.

WDRB's Valerie Chinn sat down with Mayor David Pace as he explained why he won't release the name of his officer under investigation.

Chinn asked, "The other names have been released, what do you want to say to the public about why his name has not been released?" Pace said, "We've talked about that several times with our attorneys and we're being represented through the Kentucky League of Cities using one of their attorneys that they are furnishing for this.  And because it being a personnel issue, just like any employee we have no matter who it is, we cannot divulge personal information."

Pace said two weeks ago, one of his officers was put on paid leave, but he can't go into specifics.

This all comes as a father tells WDRB News that his 15-year-old daughter had an inappropriate relationship with a Brandenburg police officer, two state troopers, and a Breckinridge County Sheriff's Deputy.

Chinn asked, "If the other officers have been fired or resigned, do you feel he really is innocent?"

Pace said, "I look at it this way. Everyone is their own entity. I feel our officer until he is proven to me or by a court of law that there is as problem that is proven, then we will address it from that point."

Chinn asked, "What can you tell us about him, though? I know this is a tight knit community. People know his name and people are throwing his name out."

Pace replied,"All I can tell is you is he's been an officer with us and this is the first thing that has ever come up and so until Kentucky State Police does anything with this, that's all I can say."

Kentucky State Police are conducting the investigation over the accusations, while the Kentucky Attorney General's Office works on naming a special prosecutor in the case.

But that investigation has become the talk of the small communities affected.

Pace said, "Nobody likes anything to happen like this anywhere in your community and what went on with the two state troopers and the Breckinridge County officer is totally opposite possibly with what our officer has been accused of."

After the KSP investigation is finished, it's still up to a grand jury to file possible criminal charges against the officers.

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