State police investigating former sheriff’s employee

Identity of staff member isn’t confirmed; Melton requested probe last week after finding ‘discrepancy’

State Journal Staff Report Published:

Kentucky State Police have opened an investigation on a former employee at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, but it is not clear which employee it involves.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton sent a letter last week to the state police asking them to start the investigation after his office conducted an internal investigation.

“We had a procedure for checks and balances in place and it showed a discrepancy and we handed it off to state police,” Melton said.

Sgt. Gerald Wilson with the KSP Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Branch West is conducting the investigation, Melton said.

Melton would not say which employee the investigation involved.

However, Melton confirmed that Deputy Matt Brown resigned effective Monday to pursue a job in the jewelry business.

Judge-Executive Ted Collins said Fiscal Court has not received any paperwork for Brown’s resignation.

“Until I get the official paperwork, I have to assume there hasn’t been any resignations,” Collins said.

Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The agenda includes a closed session to discuss property acquisition, pending litigation and personnel issues, but Collins said that does not involve Brown. He said Brown was not a factor when he set the agenda.

“We have other personnel issues and pending litigation,” Collins said. “Nothing to do with the sheriff’s office in our closed session.”

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  • I don't have a great deal of confidence in the KSP investigation of another local police force...they are all in the same fraternity, and watch each other's backs to a fault. You can't have the police investigating the police as even the appearance of impropriety is unacceptable. Now if it had been the Attorney General's Office that Sheriff Melton had turned it over to do the investigation, it would have been an entirely different matter (lawyers investigating police isn't as bad). Sheriff Melton was no fool when he referred this stink over to the KSP...he wanted a certain outcome and that is the way to assure that he gets it.

  • It's about time. This is one guy who should have never been given the powers that come with the badge he was carrying.

  • This is so typical of narco vice squad officers, whose very existence is predicated on lies, deception, dishonesty, cons, corruption, theft and feelings of superiority that they are above the law. This life becomes such a pattern and practice, that they often lose the moral sense of what is right and wrong, a world where the end justifies the means. This justifies the way that they treat civilians with great disdain...even though these are the very people that they are sworn to serve and protect. For these and other reasons, nobody but other narco vice squad officers will be their associates (they have no friends), and even then they often turn on each other because they know that none of them can be trusted. When they catch someone for some minor possession charge, the law is used to gin it up to a felony, and then they coerce them with threats of imprisonment to lie, deceive, and be dishonest with their friends to implicate them as well...and the chain reaction continues. They often send these unarmed and unaware "confidential informants" into amazingly dangerous situations wearing wires to make buys of drugs and weapons, sometimes leading to disastrous results and even their deaths. It is no wonder that these narco vice squad officers are often involved in substance abuse, theft and the like. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... In his best selling book, "Deep Cover", Michael Levine exposes what it is like to live this life as he tells the chilling story of treachery by members of his own agency. Lavine was a former senior United States law enforcement agent and has been called "America's top undercover cop for 25 years" by 60 Minutes. "I was naive and kind of crazed and angry", Lavine says, "I took the drug war very personally, I was akin to a Japanese kamikaze, someone who believes they're on a mission from god." We don't need these kind of people running around Frankfort with guns and badges.

  • This guy is a grade-A d0uchebag. I hope they throw the book at him. Some friends of mine and I were at a bar one night and he had 3 of them arrested for looking at him wrong. He was off the clock in street clothes and at the bar taking shots. Called his buddy and fellow "deputy"(fightin Shane) in to arrest them for PI when we walked out. Even claimed one of them assaulted him. Charges were tossed out for lack of evidence. Nobody would testify on his behalf since he was drinking too...lol. I hope the people he has harmed get restitution but I doubt it. This town is as currupt as any. I'm just glad this waste of a human being is no longer in a position of authority...

  • Well i have to say that i am glad Matt Brown is gone! He calls himself a Detective and says he works in Narcotics arrests, the quest is how much of the Narcotics is he keeping. He is also always around that political guy that works at the Capital that they made a deputy too. I think the guys name is Terrel Renfro. He is about as bad as Matt Brown. They both are more of a crook than half the people they arrest! Now that they got rid of Matt, hopefully this Renfro guy goes down right with him. I think it's funny that Brown is "MARRIED" but has been seen out with a few other girls, much younger than his wife. Guess Brown leaves his wife at home with the kids while he is out cheating on her. Hopefully she will get smart and drop him like the sheriff's office did!

  • I think that it is interesting that Matt Brown is going into the jewelry business...what a hoot!

  • One more thing. Ted Collins hired him to originally serve as a bailiff because of the usual politics that are played here in Frankfort & is good friends with Matts family. I look for Matt to get the royal treatment of behind close door sweep it under the rug deal, I may be wrong but we will see. The last one was swept under the rug.

  • BIll_Job nevermind what others has said. This should concern everybody. Why it took this long to nail Matt Brown is beyond me because Melton was told how this corrupt deputy was shaking down people & taking their property for his own use. I have personally witness Matt Brown during two of his so called investigations & arrests due to this victim being a neighbor of my parents & the one that I am speaking about is what led to Mr. Melton into getting a fellow sheriffs office to investigate Matt Brown after the Attorney Generals office said that it didn't have jurisdiction (which it did) to investigate. Two other state police were present during this & apologized for his actions that day & said that they couldn't do anything because it wasn't their investigation (what a joke). I have spoken to a couple of these investigators & Due to possible litigation, I will not say what all this B*#@%$# did but suffice to say, this was one of many, many corrupt actions that this one deputy has done. He is a danger to society & his little side business should also be done away with! ........Now, where are you at 1713

  • Ok 1713, this is what you have been waiting for. Is something in your pants stiffining up?