Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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March 26, 2014

Former deputy arrested

KSP alleges Morrison neglected to serve an arrest warrant in exchange for sexual favors

March 26, 2014 — A former Carter County sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday and charged with first degree sodomy, second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and first degree official misconduct.

Matt Morrison, 38, of Grayson, turned himself in at the Carter County Detention Center after he was indicted by a Carter grand jury.

According to the indictment, Morrison committed first degree sodomy by engaging in deviant sexual intercourse with a female by forcible compulsion, a Class B felony.

He also was indicted on one count of second degree trafficking in a Scheduled II controlled substance by distributing dosage units of Xanax, a Class D felony.

Morrison was indicted on one misdemeanor charge, first degree official misconduct, for neglecting to serve an arrest warrant in exchange for sexual favors.

Morrison had been a deputy with the sheriff’s office since October 2010.

The Kentucky State Police released a statement about the investigation late Friday night.

According to records obtained by the Journal-Times, Morrison was terminated from his position as a full-time deputy on Feb. 8.  However, no reason for the termination was given.

The KSP investigation did not begin until Feb. 14.

Sheriff Casey Brammell said Friday that, once he was made aware of Morrison’s alleged actions, he (Brammell) had turned the investigation over to another agency.

“We don't tolerate that kind of abuse of power,” Brammell said. “As soon as I found out about it, he was gone. Now we are just praying for his family and victim.”

Brammell declined further comment on the case, but did surrender documents to the Journal-Times after an open records request was filed.  

No indication of criminal activity or previous disciplinary action was present in the surrendered documents.

Morrison was released from the Greenup County Detention Center on Monday. He was given a $100,000 property bond by Judge Johnny Ray Harris, who was assigned to the case when Judge Rebecca Phillips recused herself. Morrison will also be restricted to home incarceration during his pending litigation.

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

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