Shepherdsville Mayor resigns amid sex for favors investigation, - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Shepherdsville Mayor resigns amid sex for favors investigation, new mayor appointed

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Mayor Scott Ellis (WDRB File Photo) Mayor Scott Ellis (WDRB File Photo)

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shepherdsville has a new mayor after Scott Ellis resigned amid an investigation into an alleged sex for favors scandal.

Some city council members had been calling for Mayor Ellis to resign and, Tuesday afternoon, City Council Member Larry Hatfield said he had been told by the city clerk Ellis resigned at 4 p.m.

In a council meeting Tuesday evening, council members voted 3-2 to appoint a new mayor to take Ellis' place. Shortly thereafter, Brian James was sworn in as the new Mayor of Shepherdsville.

James is married to Shepherdsville City Councilwoman Dana Bischoff James.

According to evidence released last week, Ellis admitted in a video confession that he used his elected position to get sexual favors from a woman on parole.

The evidence includes hundreds of lurid Facebook messages investigators say were sent between the two, as well as discussion of exchanging sexual acts for favors, including obtaining a pardon for the woman from then-Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

In an interview with WDRB, Ellis said he was “coerced” by now-former investigator Lynn Hunt, telling her what she wanted to hear after the detective started asking if he had raped the parolee. He said he never had any sexual contact with the women and only gave her $20 for her parole supervision fee as a friend.

"I gave him the benefit of the doubt for a long time, but now I'm honestly disgusted. It's sad. It's a sad, sad day for the city," Ashley Bratcher told WDRB last week. "He needs to step down. He does need to step down. That is what's best. Right now he's only looking out for himself. That's all he's worried about."

The sheriff's office told WDRB that another agency has the video and is conducting a separate investigation. Officials would not identify the agency, but Lt. Col. Dan Patchin of the Shepherdsville Police Department wrote in a report included in the evidence that the case had been turned over to the FBI.

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