The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has asked another sheriff’s office to perform an internal investigation of alleged improper conduct by one of its deputies at the request of the grand jury.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will lend two officers from its internal affairs department to complete the investigation, Sheriff Pat Melton said.
The two officers are retired from the Louisville metropolitan police and work for the sheriff in Jefferson County. Melton said they do not know anyone locally in the sheriff’s office, which will eliminate any conflict of interest.
According to the Franklin County grand jury report filed at the completion of the January-February session, jurors heard testimony “regarding alleged improper actions involving the arrest of a female subject by a Franklin County deputy sheriff.”
The grand jury took no action on the allegation but recommended that an internal investigation be conducted.
Melton initially planned to contact the Office of the Attorney General to perform the investigation, but the office declined. Conducting an internal review doesn’t fall into its jurisdiction, spokeswoman Allison Martin said.
The office referred Melton to Kentucky State Police, which also declined.
No formal complaint was filed with the sheriff’s office. Melton says more details will be available after the investigation is concluded. He declined to make any further comment on the matter.