Sheriff's office employee pleads guilty to official misconduct, sexual abuse charge dropped


Web Editor - Nick Miller

UPDATE (1/22/14): Beyer's attorney reports that the second degree sexual abuse charge was dismissed. Beyer pleaded guilty to the charge of first degree official misconduct. A judge sentenced him to a one year conditional discharge.


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Kentucky State Police have charged an employee of the McCracken County Sheriff's Office with sexual abuse and official misconduct.

Staff of the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pee Wee Valley, Kentucky contacted McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden on Friday, November 22nd, in regards to a complaint that a transport officer had inappropriately touched an inmate while being moved to from the McCracken County Jail to the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women. This incident reportedly took place on November 14th.

Sheriff Hayden contacted the Kentucky State Police in Mayfield to investigate the incident. It revealed that the offense took place in Oldham County, resulting in a dual investigation with troopers at the State Police post in Campbellsburg.

After the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for 57 year-old James Beyer of Paducah. Beyer was terminated from his position with the McCracken County Sheriff's Office after the arrest. He is being lodged in the Oldham County Detention Center.