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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 The ouster petition will be withdrawn once the resignation occurs.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

Stacy Napier 2 years 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.

fearthephog512 2 years ago

Actually, Franklin County Court has sealed pretty much all details regarding the charges, and two newspapers are now seeking to obtain sealed information via motions to intervene in court: http://bit.ly/YmgCBP and http://bit.ly/14f1479

And aside from saying Curry lied about using info to benefit himself, another or to harm another, no news outlet has said what he's done. It's the public's right to know what charges are being brought against an ELECTED official, and I applaud LJ-World for their attempts in letting people know what's going on in Franklin County. While I believe he's innocent until proven guilty, public offices must be held accountable, regardless of what the public thinks or says.

ThePilgrim 2 years ago

Big enough to be charged with a felony.

fearthephog512 2 years ago

"Curry and Deputy Jerrod W. Fredricks were arrested by special agents of the KBI on Wednesday and charged with felony counts of interference with a law enforcement officer." — LJW: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/feb...

fearthephog512 2 years ago

Criminal charges by the state against anyone is public information. And that shouldn't matter simply because of one's station in life. Also, every county court building in Kansas has public access computers, which provide ALL citizens (newspapers included) court documents on concluded and pending court matters.

Furthermore, the newspapers are seeking information relating to Curry's charges — not the information that Curry used or obtained illegally. Curry resigned as a result of CIVIL charges brought against him, not criminal.

If he was concerned about working somewhere after his sheriff gig, maybe he shouldn't have prompted a 6-month Kansas Bureau of Investigation probe ... And we don't know enough of why he shouldn't be sheriff, which he himself decided. It's precisely why newspapers are heading to court to find out what prompted the criminal charges.

You're out of your element, Donny.

fearthephog512 2 years ago

Haha — so simply because there's an investigation there should be charges brought against someone? Your logic is flawless. It's the nature of charges brought against him that are of significant public interest.

Michael Capra 2 years ago

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

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