KY AG's Office Says it Won't Investigate Clymer
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Kentucky Attorney General's Office says it will not investigate McCracken County Attorney Sam Clymer's decision to dismiss charges against two McCracken County High School officials who faced misconduct charges in relation to a sex abuse case.

Bard Brian, attorney for the parents of a McCracken County High School student who was the victim in a sex abuse case at the school, recently sent a letter to Attorney General Andy Beshear's office asking him to investigate Clymer's decision earlier this year to drop the case against MCHS Principal Michael Ceglinski and Director of Pupil Personnel Brian Bowland. Both men faced misconduct charges after a series of sexual abuse cases at the school went unreported.

Clymer explained the reasoning behind his decision in a March 1 statement, saying his interpretation of the statute had changed since charges were originally filed against Ceglinski and Bowland. You can read his full statement at the link below.

In a letter dated Sept. 10, Executive Director of the Office of Civil and Environmental Law at the AG's Office S. Travis Mayo says the request "did not meet the conditions for rendering opinions" under Kentucky statutes. Mayo goes on to say the office "does not investigate local prosecutors in cases over which they have jurisdictions."

Brian said he doesn't consider this the end of the matter, saying his office will be filing another request on behalf of the victim's family.

"It looks like we will be refiling. We're going to redraft some of the questions to the Attorney General, also looking at the Prosecutors Advisory Council," Brian said. "And so, I think one of our fundamental things we're gonna do is just ask a very simple question to the Attorney General, and that is whether citizens of the commonwealth have a legal duty to report child-on-child physical and sexual abuse." 

On the Net:

Misconduct Charges Dropped in MCHS Abuse Case

Published 02:22 PM, Monday Sep. 16, 2019
Updated 05:54 AM, Friday Sep. 20, 2019

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