Charges against Franklin County sheriff, deputy to be dismissed

Sheriff allegedly warned lover of drug case

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Kan. - Prosecutors plan to dismiss the case against the Franklin County sheriff and one of his deputies, they announced in a hearing Monday.

Sheriff Jeffry Curry and Deputy Jerrod Fredricks were arrested by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in February. The sheriff was charged with official misconduct and interference with law enforcement operations, and Fredricks was charged with interference with law enforcement operations.

No details had been released about what led to the charges until Monday, when a judge unsealed court documents. Curry allegedly notified a fellow county worker -- with whom he had a romantic relationship -- that she was the subject of a federal drug investigation.

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We're choosing not to name the worker because no charges have been filed against her.

The prosecutor asked the judge for a continuance during a preliminary hearing on Monday, and shared plans to dismiss charges against the law enforcement officials.

As part of the pre-trial diversion deal, Curry and Fredricks agreed to forfeit law enforcement certification and to never seek a Kansas law enforcement job for the rest of their lives.

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The prosecutor asked the judge for a continuance during a preliminary hearing on Monday, and shared plans to dismiss charges against the law enforcement officials. As part of the pre-trial diversion deal, Curry and Fredricks agreed to forfeit law enforcement certification and to never seek a Kansas law enforcement job for the rest of their lives.

Fredricks will also have to write a certified letter admitting he lied during an investigation. Curry's official resignation as sheriff, which he announced in March, was effective Monday.

The deal means the defendants waive their right to a jury trial, even though the diversion could be revoked at any time over the next year. If it is not revoked, the case would be dismissed at the end of the 12 months.

The judge granted the continuance in Fredricks' case, and acknowledged the pre-trial diversion agreement filed for Curry.

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