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Graves Deputies Release Details of Redmon Case
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MAYFIELD - Members of the Graves County Sheriff's Office have released a letter detailing the facts of the case involving Sheriff Dewayne Redmon.

Redmon recently entered a not guilty plea to charges of official misconduct and first degree possession of a controlled substance. Redmon was indicted on those charges in August, and is accused of stealing hydrocodone from the sheriff department's drug drop box. A judge has ruled that Redmon can continue to perform his administrative duties as sheriff, but can't perform any law enforcement duties until his case has ended.

Deputies say the purpose of the letter is to make the public aware of what has happened and is happening with the Graves Sheriff's Office. The letter was signed by all deputies and court security officers that wished to sign it, and were listed when the letter was sent out.


You can read the full letter below.

 

    Sheriff Redmon is currently under felony indictment through Graves County Circuit Court for the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (a Class D Felony) and Official Misconduct 1st degree (a Class A Misdemeanor). These charges stemmed from Sheriff Redmon taking and using prescription pain medication from the drug drop box at the Sheriff's Office. This box was meant as a means for the public to drop off prescription medications to be disposed of properly.

    Sheriff Redmon was originally not in charge of the drug drop box at the Sheriff’s Office; another employee at the Sheriff’s Office was. Approximately a year and a half to two years ago, Sheriff Redmon took possession of all keys to the Sheriff’s Office drug drop box and took over moving disposed drugs from the drop box to the storage area where they were kept until proper disposal took place.

    On July 6, 2018, Captain Jeremy Prince of the Sheriff’s Office observed a pill bottle in the pants pocket of Sheriff Redmon with the word “pain” written across the top of it. This took place in the parking lot of a local business where Captain Prince was sitting in a vehicle and Sheriff Redmon was standing outside of the vehicle. When Sheriff Redmon returned to the Sheriff’s Office, the pill bottle was no longer in his pocket. A probable cause search of his Sheriff’s Office, county-owned vehicle, was conducted. The pill bottle with “pain” written on the lid and an empty pill bottle were found in the center console of Sheriff Redmon’s county-owned vehicle. Both prescription bottles had the name of other individuals on them. Neither bottle was prescribed to Sheriff Redmon or a family member. The pill bottle with “pain” written on the lid contained pain medication. The other pill bottle had contained pain medication but was now empty. The writing on the top of the pill bottle was matched with writing on other pill bottles of non-pain medication that had been turned in for disposal. The pill bottles with matching writing were found in the storage area. They had been moved from the drop box to the storage area by Sheriff Redmon.

    Once Sheriff Redmon realized that the bottle of medication was missing, he questioned deputies as to if any of them had seen a pill bottle lying on the ground outside of his Sheriff's Office vehicle. He then stated that a female had approached him outside of the court house and had given him some bottles of medication to destroy. This female was later questioned and stated that she did not give the pill bottles she brought for destruction to Sheriff Redmon. Instead, she had dropped them into the drug drop box herself.

    Due to the seriousness of this situation and the fact that only Sheriff Redmon had access to the drug drop box, the information was turned over to the Kentucky State Police on the evening of July 6, 2018. This was not done out of spite for Sheriff Redmon or for anyone to get a “leg up” or “move up the ladder” at the Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement officers take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth. Sheriff Redmon was not abiding by the oath he took and the promise he made to God and the people of Graves County. Captain Prince was not going to violate the oath he took and the promise he made before God and the people of Graves County; therefore, he had no choice but to contact the State Police with the information.

    At that time, the Kentucky State Police began an investigation into this case. On July 18, 2018, Sheriff Redmon was interviewed by the Kentucky State Police. Sheriff Redmon admitted to stealing pain medication from the Sheriff’s Office drug drop box numerous times. Sheriff Redmon was also offered treatment for his drug addiction, but he stated that he did not need any help because he did not have a problem.

    Sheriff Redmon left the Sheriff’s Office on July 18, 2018, and maintained little to no contact with Sheriff’s Office employees for the next several days. A meeting was held by supervision at the Sheriff’s Office to tell all employees about the situation, as Sheriff Redmon had not explained anything to anyone before he left. On September 5, 2018, he was arraigned in Circuit Court. He was court-ordered to refrain from exercising his law enforcement duties until further direction of the court. He was allowed to continue to assist in tax collection and estate-related business. The first day Sheriff Redmon returned to the Sheriff’s Office to complete these duties during business hours was Friday, September 28, 2018.

    Once a Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, State Trooper or other law enforcement officer has violated their code of ethics and their oath, their ability to do their job has been compromised. Their integrity, trustworthiness and character are now in question. Law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard, as they should be. They are the guardians of their communities, and they must conduct themselves in such a manner. Once a person commits crimes, no matter the reason, they can no longer be respected and trusted in a law enforcement role.

    A Sheriff can only be removed from office by resignation, retirement, conviction of a felony crime or a crime such as official misconduct, or death. Under his current term, Sheriff Redmon will be the Graves County Sheriff through January 6, 2019. We are concerned that many people are not aware of the implications of this happening during an election year. Sheriff Redmon is still on the ballot as a candidate for Sheriff. There are also write-in candidates. If Sheriff Redmon is elected to serve a third term starting in 2019, the court-ordered conditions will not change. He will continue to be restricted from law enforcement duties, and will only be allowed to perform the duties of tax collection and estate- related business. If Sheriff Redmon is convicted or pleads guilty, he will have to retire/resign or he will be removed from office as per state law. If this occurs, a special election will be held after he vacates the office.

    As the undersigned members of the Sheriff's Office, we understand that Sheriff Redmon has/had an addiction. We stand ready to do anything we can for him and his family in relationship to that addiction.

    Thank you,

    Jeremy K. Prince

    Davant Ramage

    Dale Mason

    David Warner

    Steve Halsell

    Richard Edwards

    Michael Riley

    Brad Lamb

    Brandon Collins

    Brendan Weldon

    Brooke Nelms

    Sandy Ellegood

    Kim Sanders

    Kaite Beth Clapp

    Wade Heatherly

    David Nemish

    Ashley Thompson

    Russ Cotter



Published 06:35 PM, Tuesday Oct. 09, 2018
Updated 05:59 AM, Monday Oct. 15, 2018

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