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Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis indicted on solicitation of prostitution charge

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bullitt County grand jury has indicted Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis for one count of solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor.

WDRB began investigating this story eight months ago, about the same time the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department began investigating the case.

The Sheriff's Department says it presented evidence to the grand jury last Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, the grand jury reported its findings. Investigators say there are hundreds of pages of text messages allegedly between the mayor and an alleged victim.

The Sheriff's Department has been investigating Ellis for allegations of official misconduct. They say he made certain promises in exchange for sexual favors.

Mike Murdoch, the Sheriff's Department spokesperson said "We have three females that have come forward that have brought forward sexual allegations involving his public office."

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. 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. Bernie Brown, a Shepherdsville City Council Member said, "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."

After Ellis' indictment, we went to his city hall office. 

"I'm here to see Mayor Ellis," said WDRB's Valerie Chinn.

"He is not here," said an employee. "He went home for lunch."

So we went to his house and before we got to the door, Ellis had a reply.

"I have no comment," Ellis said.

Authorities say time will tell what will happen next.

"Soliciting prostitution -- obviously the grand jury thought there was enough to charge him with that, so we're just going to have to see where it goes from that, and on into the court system," said Scotty McGaha, of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department.

"What shocked you the most about this case?" asked Chinn.

"I don't think anything really shocks me anymore with cases," said McGaha. "But knowing the person and that, it's difficult to think something like that could happen. But in today's times, you never know."

"We are still doing some investigation," McGaha said. "It's not over. There obviously could be more charges on down the road, but right now that's what we presented to the grand jury, so we'll just see from here where it goes."

Ellis has denied the allegations. His attorney is also not commenting.

Ellis is in his second term in office.


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