Nov. 20, 2013 —
A Carter County sheriff’s office court bailiff was arrested Wednesday and a reserve deputy was arrested on Thursday.
Chief Bailiff Earl Buckler, 63, of Grayson, was charged with third-degree sodomy, a Class D felony after evidence was revealed following an internal investigation at the Carter County Detention Center.
He was booked into the CCDC by Kentucky State Police but immediately transported to another facility. Buckler resigned his position as bailiff on Tuesday night.
Buckler appeared in Carter District Court for arraignment on Tuesday afternoon. Floyd County District Judge Eric Hall is acting as the special judge for the case.
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, 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.”
Buckler was chief bailiff at the justice center for several years and reportedly spent most of his life working in law enforcement.
This was not the first complaint of this kind against Buckler.
Sheriff Casey Brammell confirmed that, within the last year, a sexual harassment claim was filed against Buckler by a female coworker.
Brammell said the Equal Employee Opportunity Commission did an investigation and said the claim was “unfounded.”
“Their recommendation was that everyone have sexual harassment training, which we did online,” Brammell said.