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Special prosecutor explains decision not to charge Shepherdsville mayor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is not enough evidence to support a prostitution charge against the Shepherdsville Mayor, according to the prosecutor.

Mayor Scott Ellis' trial was supposed to start at the Bullitt County Judicial Center, but instead, his prostitution charge was dismissed

"I didn't believe the evidence fit what the charge was, so I'm looking at what a jury would come back with as far as a result and, I didn't feel like it met the standard," said Mark Shouse, special prosecutor.

Shouse says that after weeks of discussion with Scott Ellis' attorney, they agreed to dismiss Ellis' solicitation to prostitution charge, a misdemeanor.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Department says Ellis made promises in exchange for sexual favors. Investigators say there are numerous text messages between the mayor and an alleged victim. Shouse admits some of it was graphic and sexual.

"How much of the evidence did you actually look at?" asked WDRB's Valerie Chinn.

"I went through -- I don't know, let's see -- there were 500 pages in one, and then there were probably 200 or 300 more pages on top of that, so about 800 or 900 pages, with multiple texts on each page, so it was one of those where it was a running, on-going conversations from day to day." 

Other issues with the case against Ellis: The main investigator was Lynn Hunt who, was fired from the Sheriff's Department, and the alleged victim is behind bars for an unrelated crime.

"Logistically, that creates hurdles," Shouse said.

"What do you say to the community who says they weren't surprised that you came up with dismissing the case?" asked WDRB's Valerie Chinn.

"I went with where the evidence took me," Shouse said. 

"How well did you know Scott Ellis before?" Chinn asked.

"I never met the man," Shouse said. "Still never met the man...haven't the foggiest of who he is. His position doesn't have any place to what decision I make in a criminal case." 

There is still a civil discrimination lawsuit against Ellis and the city. A former employee claims Ellis repeatedly sexually harassed her and offered to take care of her in return for sexual favors.

The mayor denies those allegations.

We've asked Ellis and his wife for an interview. They declined, saying that the case is over and they've moved on.

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