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Deputy claims retaliation by Carroll County Sheriff, hopes lawsuit will get him back on the job

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CARROLL COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Carroll County Sheriff's deputy has filed a lawsuit claiming retaliation by the sheriff for his role as a whistle-blower. The deputy's serious allegations have launched a Kentucky State Police Investigation.

James Thomas Shaw, known as JT, says he is seeking the truth in his civil lawsuit. Shaw began working as a Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy in March of 2007.

“It got to where I felt like my career and my family were in jeopardy,” Shaw said. “It affected my health there temporarily.”

Shaw says when a deputy abruptly resigned in November of 2013, he inspected the deputy's vehicle and didn't find anything.

A couple weeks later, Shaw says he and another deputy were told to inspect the vehicle again and he found a plastic bag containing prescription drugs.

Shaw claims he recognized it as evidence from a criminal case that he investigated and he says he had dropped it into the secure Evidence Box in March. Shaw says he alerted Kentucky State Police and confronted Sheriff Jamie Kinman, alleging he had planted the evidence.

Shaw maintains he's certain he is correct. “What I can tell you beyond no doubt Is that I seen evidence that I recall from an arrest that I made in the back seat of a cruiser that had been turned in by a resigned chief deputy,” Shaw said.

Kentucky State Police confirms there is an investigation, but they cannot comment on it.

Shaw says in January of this year he started facing retaliation from Kinman.

Shaw claims to have seen Kinman access the evidence box and drug depository. He also says he has seen narcotics and pills on Kinman's desk.

"We tried to reach out to the county and say look he has done the right thing. He has reported what he thought are improprieties in the system by a public official,” Shaw's attorney Barbara Bonar said. “His schedule is being changed, his days off are being taken away.”

Shaw says he has been on medical leave for the stress this has caused, but has now been cleared by his doctor to work again. He says his job is protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Sheriff Kinman told WDRB he wants to comment, but can't under advice of his lawyer since it is pending litigation.

Through the lawsuit, Shaw is seeking compensation for lost wages, emotional distress and mental anxiety.

Shaw says he just wants to get back on the job. “I love what I do,” he says. “This is my hometown and I have done nothing wrong."

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