Former trooper won't get job back after sex scandal
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky State Police panel rules that a state trooper fired for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl cannot get his job back.
Former Trooper Jerry Clanton spent the day at the Kentucky State Police Trial Board in Frankfort fighting to get back on the force.
Defense Attorney Brian Butler says, "If he drove who he believed to be an 18 year old girl from point A to point B, that's not official misconduct. That may be somewhere somehow a violation of some policy, but it's not official misconduct."
Captain Matt Feltner, the KSP Commander of Legal Services says, "You can't put a 15 year old girl in a car, drive her up in the middle of nowhere and have sex with her. I mean that doesn't have to be written out somewhere to know it's completely wrong and outside the lines."
A jury of seven police troopers heard testimony and even from Clanton himself about the relationship with the girl that led to him getting fired.
KSP says Clanton says he had four encounters with the teen that were sexual in nature and KSP says one of them took place last summer. Clanton also said he didn't know she was underage.
Butler says, "He believed it, aside from him, he was told by another trooper, aside from that there was confirmation that a trooper had told other people she was 18."
Former Trooper Stratford Young is also accused of having an inappropriate relationship with the same girl. But he has not requested a hearing to get his job back.
Feltner says, "Throw Stratford Young under the bus, it's his fault, they've thrown her under the bus, it's her fault." He says, "She wasn't changing the story. She wasn't fabricating things."
After the jury of troopers deliberated for about 30 minutes, they came back with the verdict.
They read, "Commonwealth Kentucky versus Plaintiff Trooper Jerry Clanton, defendant on charge 1, Trial Board finds the defendant guilty."
That means they're upholding his firing. KSP says it is the last and final appeal available to Clanton within the police agency. Clanton and his attorney left the courtroom without commenting.
Clanton and Young had been with KSP since 2010 before they were fired in September.
As WDRB News has been reporting, a father says his 15-year-old daughter is the victim of inappropriate relationships with four officers. Those include the two troopers, a Brandenburg officer and a Breckinridge County Sheriff's deputy. The officer and deputy have resigned.
It would be up to a grand jury to decide if the four face criminal charges.
Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine has been appointed as the special prosecutor. No grand jury date has been set.
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