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Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Franklin County sheriff appears in court on criminal charges; removal hearing set for March 14

March 6, 2013

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Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry, right, appears with his attorney, Trey Pettlon, Wednesday in Franklin County District Court. Curry, along with Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jerrod Fredricks, are charged with a felony count of interfering with law enforcement. A preliminary hearing on the case was scheduled for April 1.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry, right, appears with his attorney, Trey Pettlon, Wednesday in Franklin County District Court. Curry, along with Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jerrod Fredricks, are charged with a felony count of interfering with law enforcement. A preliminary hearing on the case was scheduled for April 1.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry and Deputy Sheriff Jerrod W. Fredricks were arrested and charged with felony counts of interference with a law enforcement officer and official misconduct. Photos from Wyandotte County Jail.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry and Deputy Sheriff Jerrod W. Fredricks were arrested and charged with felony counts of interference with a law enforcement officer and official misconduct. Photos from Wyandotte County Jail.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry was charged in Franklin County District Court with a felony count of interfering with law enforcement, as well as a misdemeanor count of official misconduct, during his first court appearance Wednesday.

Curry, along with Franklin County Sheriff Deputy Jerrod Fredricks, was arrested last week by KBI special agents.

Curry is free on a $3,000 bond and remains sheriff, but is prevented from possessing a firearm, and prosecutors have begun the process of removing him from office.

Fredricks, also charged with a felony count of interfering with law enforcement, did not make a first appearance Wednesday, but is scheduled to appear in court with Curry for a preliminary hearing on April 1.

Former Butler County District Court Judge John Sanders was appointed as a special judge and will be handling the criminal cases, as well as the civil case attempting to remove Curry from office.

Todd Hiatt, an assistant district attorney from Shawnee County, has been appointed as a special prosecutor in the case at the request of Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting, who filed the civil case — known as an "ouster proceeding" — to remove Curry from office. Records for the ouster case have been sealed by a Franklin County judge.

Curry's ouster hearing is scheduled for March 14. Prosecutors, at that time, can ask Sanders to suspend Curry from his duties.

Details about the case remain scarce.

According to the criminal complaint, Curry is accused of using confidential information gained through his office for his or another person's gain, or to cause harm to another, on May 30, 2012, and then making false statements to investigators on Sept. 27, 2012.

Fredricks, who served as public information officer for the sheriff's office, is accused of making false statements on Oct. 5, 2012, after the investigation had been made public. The circumstances of these alleged incidents remain unclear, however.

Both were booked into the Wyandotte County Jail last week but quickly posted bond.

Curry was appointed sheriff in 2010, and was elected to the post in the November general election.

* To view the criminal complaint against Curry, click here. To see Fredrick's criminal complaint, click here.

Comments

patkindle 1 year, 9 months ago

These two are not illegal criminals , they are simply Undocumented law enforcement officers

Richard Payton 1 year, 9 months ago

Dining tonight at Go Chicken Go on 7th St in KCKS.

James Minor 1 year, 9 months ago

Just looking at the two of them shows it is tough being in law enforcement in a county where the big crimes are chicken and horse theiving, and moonshining!!

blindrabbit 1 year, 9 months ago

With that fashionable (neckware) it looks as though these two are headed for the gallows in Lansing .Kinda reminds me of the pre-execution photographs of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock following the murders of the Clutter Family. Kinda gives me "Cold Blood and where is Truman Capote when we need him.

Michael Capra 1 year, 9 months ago

they need to go to osage county and do the same thing its just as corrupt

windjammer 1 year, 9 months ago

I won't be suprised if the name Jimmy Dean doesn't come up.

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