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Mayor of Bardstown suspends police officer, brother of missing woman's boyfriend, without pay

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Office Nick Houck has been suspended without pay. Office Nick Houck has been suspended without pay.

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has ordered that a Bardstown Police officer -- who is also the brother of a missing woman's boyfriend -- be suspended without pay, according to a statement from Royalty's office.

Earlier this month, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin suspended Officer Nick Houck with pay, but McCubbin lacked the legal authority to suspend him without pay. Only the mayor has the legal authority to make such a decision.

Authorities are not commenting on whether the suspension is related to the search for Crystal Rogers. Rogers, 35, has been missing since July 3. The mother of five was last seen at the Nelson County home of Brooks Houck, her boyfriend. 

"At this time there are no other updates that may legally be released," the mayor's statement reads. "When a decision is determined or adjudicated there will be further updates and releases."

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