Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Ky. State Police to Probe Memos ; Concern That Shredded Documents Might Be Related to Rep. Arnold Sexual Harassment Case

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Ky. State Police to Probe Memos ; Concern That Shredded Documents Might Be Related to Rep. Arnold Sexual Harassment Case

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Memos regarding documents shredded by the former head of the Legislative Research Commission have been turned over to the Kentucky State Police for a possible investigation. House Speaker Greg Stumbo provided the documents Wednesday to legislative security specialist Rick Devers, along with a request for state police to take whatever action deemed appropriate.

Stumbo's move came after Louisville attorney Thomas Clay and House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover called for an investigation into former LRC director Bobby Sherman returning to his office Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredding documents.

"The trust level of the General Assembly by the public is currently very low and actions like this only raise further suspicion," Hoover said in a letter to Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers. "Additionally, as his resignation was effective Friday afternoon, questions arise as to his purpose of being in the building on a weekend and how he gained access."

State police had made no decision on an investigation as of Wednesday, said Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard, spokesman at the agency's headquarters in Frankfort.

"We're reviewing it and seeing what is the best road to take," he said.

LRC Deputy Director Robert Jenkins said the documents that were destroyed were either duplicates or were of a personal nature, including junk mail, home mortgage papers and salary comparisons for LRC staff.

Clay said he's concerned that Sherman might have destroyed documents related to two legislative staffers who filed sexual harassment complaints that led to the resignation of Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis earlier this month. Clay represents the staffers, Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper, who alleged in complaints to the Legislative Ethics Commission that Arnold had touched them inappropriately and had made vulgar comments. …

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