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Hodgenville mayor speaks out after posting bond

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Madonna Hornback Madonna Hornback

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The mayor and city clerk of Hodgenville turned themselves in Tuesday, after being indicted on dozens of felony charges.

Mayor Terry Cruse was charged with 14 felonies Monday, stemming from alleged misuse of city funds.

City Clerk Madonna Hornback was charged with 55 felonies.

Cruse faces nine counts of abusing public trust, one count of theft, two counts of campaign contribution restrictions/expenditures limits, and one count of forgery in the second degree.

Hornback is facing 54 counts of abusing public trust, and one count of theft.

The pair turned themselves in around 8 a.m. Tuesday. They both posted $9,500 bail and were released.

Both Hornback and Cruse were at work Tuesday afternoon. Cruse spoke with WDRB's Courtney Godfrey, saying he was still meeting with attorneys and sorting through what exactly he is charged with.

"Obviously yesterday was a long day for us," said Cruse. "I am at this point with my attorney looking over the allegations. Other than that, I really don't have anything to say."

When we asked Cruse if he used city gas cards to fill-up a personal car, he had no response. "I can't comment on that until tomorrow," he said.

City council member Jim Phelps says although he wants to reserve judgment, he was shocked by the news.

"It's going to be hard to explain," said Phelps. But until there is a conviction, he says, it will be business as usual at city hall. "They haven't been proven guilty yet, so we have to give them the benefit of the doubt until we see the evidence."

Cruse is also facing charges having to do with the alleged improper reporting or mishandling of donations to his 2010 run for LaRue County Sheriff.

Mayor Cruse says he'll release a statement Wednesday, but he told our cameras that the charges don't tell the whole story.

"A grand jury is one sided, it's a one sided story," said Cruse.

Hornback declined comment.

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