Former assistant principal arrested
A former Paducah Middle School Assistant Principal was arrested on charges of perjury, tampering with physical evidence, and tampering with a witness.
39-year-old Jerry Wayne Walker turned himself into Paducah police Monday morning. According to Paducah police the charges are in connection to lies he told at a Paducah Public School tribunal while appealing his termination more than a year ago.
In 2013, Walker was terminated as assistant principal of Paducah Middle School for immoral conduct or conduct unbecoming a teacher.
According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sgt. Anthony Copeland, Walker was suppose to attend the State Middle School Track and Field Meet on May 25, 2013 in Louisville, as a school representative.
However, Copeland said instead of going, Walker met up with 35-year-old Jennifer Griffith, another employee of Paducah Middle School. The two spent two nights together at a Hyatt hotel.
When Walker returned to Paducah, he turned in an expense report to the school district that included the two nights at the Hyatt. Other school representatives stayed at a Red Roof Inn.
Paducah’s school board began an investigation into Walker’s expenses and allegations regarding the relationship between Walker and Griffith. The investigation culminated with the dismissal of Walker for turning in expense reports when he had not attended the track meet.
Walker requested a tribunal to appeal his termination. During the tribunal in mid-July of 2013, Walker testified that he had attended the track meet and showed photos of him wearing an orange paper bracelet that he claimed was an admittance bracelet.
Copeland investigated and found evidence that Walker, shortly after his termination, purchased an orange bracelet, and with Griffith’s help, took photos that supposedly showed him wearing the bracelet in Louisville on May 25th.
Copeland also says Griffith testified at the tribunal that she had been with Walker in Louisville, but perjured herself when she testified that he did attend the track meet.
Griffith was arrested and charged with perjury and facilitation to tampering with physical evidence. Both Walker and Griffith have posted bond.
An investigation continues.