SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – Former Bullitt County Sheriff’s Detective Lynn Hunt has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly accessing files without permission while she was suspended from the department in June.

Hunt, who was the lead detective in several high-profile investigations before being fired in July, was charged late last month with unlawful access to a computer.

On Monday, Hunt pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to be back in Bullitt District Court on Jan. 21. She was released without a bond.

She did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Hunt was fired July 16 for violating several department policies during March and June, including lying to investigators, according to her termination letter provided in the lawsuit.

She has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the sheriff and demanded reinstatement with back pay.

In May, according to a letter obtained by WDRB, Greenwell ordered an investigation into Hunt for “continuing a relationship with a known target of a federal drug investigation after being told” the person was the target of a criminal investigation."

The person who was under investigation, according to court records, was former Bullitt Special Deputy Chris Mattingly, who has been arrested and indicted for allegedly conspiring to distribute more than a ton of marijuana.

In addition, after she had been suspended, Hunt allegedly tried to access body camera video downloaded by her husband, former Bullitt Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Corder, according to Greenwell’s letter.

It is unclear from the criminal complaint if those are the files Hunt has been charged with improperly accessing.

Hunt was the lead investigator for both the Stanley Dishon case as well as the investigation into former Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield. In March, Dishon was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his niece, Jessica Dishon, in 1999 as well as sexual abuse of several family members.

Hatfield is accused of misappropriating taxpayer dollars during his term as fire chief of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.

Previously, Hunt had been under investigation while employed by Louisville Metro Police for allegations of falsifying time sheets. She quit before the investigation was completed.

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