Nov. 13, 2013 —
A Carter County Sheriff’s Office court bailiff was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with third-degree sodomy, according to the Kentucky State Police.
Earl Buckler, 63 of Grayson, was charged with the Class D felony after evidence was revealed following an internal investigation at the Carter County Detention Center.
He was booked into the Carter County jail by KSP, but immediately transported to another facility. Buckler resigned his position as bailiff on Tuesday night, effective Wednesday morning.
Following the internal probe, Carter County Jailer R.W. Boggs advised the KSP of a possible sexual assault on a female inmate. The investigation revealed a deputy with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, who was employed as court bailiff and responsible for Court security and inmate transports, had sexually assaulted a female inmate, the KSP said.
Boggs said the investigation into contraband at the jail led to the eventual arrest.
“An inmate alleged that a bailiff had introduced contraband into the jail during a court transport,” Boggs said. “After more allegations came to light, we felt that an external investigation would be necessary and contacted KSP. You have to take every allegation seriously. We are very fortunate to have the technology we do in order to assist with this investigation.”
Carter County Attorney Patrick Flannery assisted the KSP with the arrest warrant. He declined further comment because it is an active investigation.
Buckler was chief bailiff at the justice center for several years and reportedly spent most of his life working in law enforcement.
Carter County Sheriff Casey Brammell confirmed Wednesday that Buckler is no longer with the department.
The case remains under investigation by KSP Det. Chris Carter.