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Ex-sheriff's department officer gets no jail time for misconduct

BY CORIANNE EGAN cegan@paducahsun.com

A former McCracken County Sheriff's Department transport officer will see no jail time after pleading guilty to official misconduct.

James Beyer, 57, was arrested in November after an inmate at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pewee Valley told a warden that Beyer had touched her while transporting her to the facility. Beyer was a 19-year veteran of the sheriff's department, and was arrested after a state police investigation on charges of second-degree sexual abuse and official misconduct. Although the abuse charges were dropped, Beyer pleaded guilty to official misconduct in Oldham County on Wednesday.

"James made a mistake and he stood up and took responsibility for it," Beyer's attorney Jeremy Ian Smith said.

Beyer received a one-year sentence, but was conditionally discharged on the condition that he have no further offenses for two years. He is also not allowed to have any contact with the victim, and will have to pay court costs.

Beyer was fired after the investigation concluded. Sheriff Jon Hayden said he reviewed Beyer's personnel file before interviewing him, and there were no other write-ups, disciplinary actions or warnings in the file. He said Beyer traveled anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 miles per year transporting inmates to and from other counties.

Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter.

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