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Former Southern Kentucky Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty To Charges

Former Southern Kentucky Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty To Charges

CREATED Feb 19, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A former southern Kentucky sheriff has pleaded not guilty to drug-related charges and a count of official misconduct.

The Daily News reported Chris Cline was arraigned Monday in Warren Circuit Court.

A grand jury indictment accused him of 41 counts of obtaining controlled substances in Warren and Simpson counties through fraudulent means from 2011 through 2013. The official misconduct charge stems from an allegation that he drove his sheriff's vehicle to fill out a prescription.

Cline resigned as Simpson County sheriff on December 30, citing medical reasons.

The investigation of Cline was initiated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation with help from Kentucky State Police and a regional drug task force.

Cline's attorney, Alan Simpson, said his client has struggled with multiple job-related injuries as well as other medical conditions.

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