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Grayson Co. Sheriff responds to allegations of misconduct, sexual harassment

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Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons says he had no idea one of his detectives was stealing drugs from the evidence room. Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons says he had no idea one of his detectives was stealing drugs from the evidence room.
Terry Blanton, a former detective for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, is named in a civil $10.5 million civil suit claiming he forced a confidential informant to have sex with him. Terry Blanton, a former detective for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, is named in a civil $10.5 million civil suit claiming he forced a confidential informant to have sex with him.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Grayson County Sheriff is responding to shocking allegations outlined in three civil lawsuits filed against him and a former detective.

Sheriff Rick Clemons vehemently denies the accusations made by Hope Shelburne and two other men in the civil cases.

Clemons says the 2009 sexual encounter Hope Shelburne described to WDRB is "a lie. It didn't happen."

Shelburne, who did not want to be shown on camera, told WDRB that Clemons directed her to "lie on his desk and start touching myself in front of him."

"There's no truth to that," Clemons said. "There's no truth to that."

During our interview with Shelburne that aired on Oct. 4, she told us she was asked to be a confidential informant for Grayson County Sheriff's Detective Terry Blanton.

"I do not handle the confidential informants," Clemons said. "I don't know the confidential informants that come and go."

In her lawsuit, Shelburne claims Blanton made her have sex with him and threatened her with jail time if she didn't comply. She says they never had intercourse at the office, but claims they did have sex at "other places."

Blanton has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the evidence locker.

Shelburne claims Blanton gave the drugs to her. She told us she knew the drugs were taken from the evidence room because "the bags would have names on them, and they said 'evidence.'"

Clemons is accused of turning a blind eye to Blanton's activities, but he says he didn't know Blanton was stealing.

"I had absolutely no knowledge of that happening," Clemons said. "And whenever I found out about anything, I relayed it to the proper authorities. So I (did) everything I could do as quickly as I found out."

Blanton resigned after being arrested in 2012.

When asked if Blanton was a dirty cop, Clemons replied: "I think you have to look back at what Detective Blanton (did) in the court system. I would suggest the system answer that."

Shelburne is seeking $10 million from Clemons and Blanton, but Clemons seemed to imply that money motivated the lawsuit.

"If you look at the lawsuit -- I think it's $10.5 million -- I think that has a lot to do with why somebody would say something," Clemons said.

Shelburne says she just "wants to make sure that this doesn't happen to anybody else."

In addition to Hope Shelburne's lawsuit, two other men are suing Clemons and Blanton, claiming they wrongfully spent time in jail because they were arrested by Blanton on false drug charges.

Shelburne does have a criminal record: in August she was charged with filing a false police report claiming she had been raped.

In addition to the sheriff's response we tried to get Blanton's side of the story, but his attorney told us neither he nor Blanton would comment.

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