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Franklin County sheriff announces resignation; criminal charges still pending

March 21, 2013

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Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry, right, appears with his attorney, Trey Pettlon, at a hearing to remove Curry from office in March. Prosecutors withdrew their petition to remove Curry after Pettlon announced that Curry had agreed to resign, effective April 1.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry, right, appears with his attorney, Trey Pettlon, at a hearing to remove Curry from office in March. Prosecutors withdrew their petition to remove Curry after Pettlon announced that Curry had agreed to resign, effective April 1.

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— Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry — who faces charges of interfering with police — announced Thursday that he would resign.

Curry's resignation, announced by his attorney, came during a hearing in Franklin County District Court that was held as part of ouster proceedings against the sheriff. Curry's resignation is effective April 1. He will remain on administrative leave until then.

Prosecutors on Thursday withdrew a motion they'd filed seeking Curry's suspension during the ouster process. The ouster petition will be withdrawn once the resignation occurs.

Curry, along with Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Jerrod Fredricks, still face felony charges of interfering with police. Curry faces an additional charge of misdemeanor official misconduct. A preliminary hearing in that case is tentatively set for April 1.

Details of that criminal case remain minimal, and court records filed in the ouster petition remain sealed.

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.

Lawyers for several media outlets appeared in court after filing petitions to unseal documents in the ouster petition. Senior Judge John Sanders set an April 1 court date to hear oral arguments regarding the sealed documents.

Fredricks is on paid leave from the sheriff's office, according to county officials.

By Kansas law, Undersheriff Steve Lunger temporarily fills in as sheriff.

Comments

Michael Capra 1 year ago

osage county sherrif dunn is worse.I say take them all down

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Stacy Napier 1 year ago

It doesn't say anything about him lieing. It says he used confidential information gained through his office for his or another person's gain, or to cause harm to another.

That usually means that he gave out criminal history or info about someone being investigated in a crime to make them look bad, loose a job or something on those lines.

Now ask yourself, if it is a crime for his office to give that info out, don't you think it would be a crime for the court to give that out too. If he gave info about your sealed criminal history to someone would you now want that info in the paper given to all.

We know enough of what he did to know he should not Sheriff. Which he is not anymore. He was held accountable. Now he is just like you and me. Except if you were charged with interfering with law enforcement you would still be able to get a job somewhere. I doubt he will work anywhere now. Story over.

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ThePilgrim 1 year ago

Big enough to be charged with a felony.

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Stacy Napier 1 year ago

Do your job reporters. They have already released the charging affidavit and other media outlets have told what he did. It wasn't all that scandelous. He should quit but not that big a deal.

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