Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 20, 2013

Sheriff’s employees arrested

Bailiff arrested for sodomy, reserve deputy for gun possession

By Leeann Akers - Editor
Journal-Times

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.

An email inquiry to the EEOC was not returned at press time.

Tracy J. Dickerson, 61, of Grayson, was arrested on Thursday on possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

According to a copy of the warrant obtained by the Journal-Times, Dickerson committed the offense in October while “...in performance of his duties as a Carter County sheriff's deputy.”

A review of court records revealed that Dickerson had been convicted of flagrant non-support, a Class D felony, in 1996.

Dickerson was a special reserve deputy for the sheriff’s office and carried a weapon while in uniform.

Sheriff Casey Brammell said that although unpaid, Dickerson did perform prisoner transports and served civil papers for his office.

“He didn't file an application and this felony didn't show up on a background check,” Brammell said. “Once I learned he was a convicted felon, he was no longer part of the department. He handed over his badge and turned in all his equipment.”

Dickerson was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond shortly after his arrest. He will be arraigned in Carter District Court on Nov. 25.

Both cases remain under investigation by the KSP.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.