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Grand jury hears case against Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis

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Mayor Scott Ellis at a Shepherdsville City Council meeting in March 2015. Mayor Scott Ellis at a Shepherdsville City Council meeting in March 2015.

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis is not at work, just one day after a grand jury met to discuss his case.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Department says it presented evidence to the grand jury on Tuesday. There are hundreds of pages of text messages reported to be between the mayor and an alleged victim. We are told the grand jury made a decision, but it has not been made public.

Since December, the Sheriff's Department says it has been investigating Ellis for allegations of official misconduct and sexual favors. They say he made certain promises in exchange for sexual favors.

"We have three females that have come forward that have brought forward sexual allegations involving his public office," said Mike Murdock of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, back in April.

The Sheriff's Department says out of the three alleged victims, one is a woman on parole who he promised to get a pardon from the governor, and another is a former employee. The Sheriff's Department says the third woman is also a former employee, but says Ellis propositioned her and she refused.

WDRB has talked to the alleged victims who say they want Ellis to be prosecuted. Some of the alleged victims said they felt like they had no choice but to comply with his orders. 

Last month, one of the alleged victims filed a discrimination lawsuit against Ellis and the city, claiming Ellis repeatedly sexually harassed her, offered to take care of her "if she wanted to trade for sexual favors" and later fired her.

Some Shepherdsville City Council members raised concerns earlier this year. 

"And if the allegations that have been made are accurate and true, I think the honorable thing for him to do would be to resign," said Bernie Brown, a Shepherdsville City Council member in April.

"I have nothing to say," said Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis, also in April.

Ellis has denied the allegations. We tried reaching him again today, as well as his attorney, but no one has returned our calls.

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