Officer faces misconduct charges; accused of receiving sexual favors

jkegley@herald-leader.comAugust 9, 2012 

Robert Dale Brown

A Lexington police officer has been charged with misconduct for allegedly receiving sexual favors from a woman and failing to charge her with a crime after finding drug paraphernalia in her purse.

Sgt. Robert Brown was criminally charged with one count of first-degree official misconduct and two counts of second-degree official misconduct, said Jason Rothrock, director of prosecution at the Fayette County Attorney's office. Brown could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

A citation was issued and served Wednesday, Rothrock said. Rothrock said the charges stemmed from incidents that occurred on Dec. 9. Both Rothrock and police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts declined to say why Brown was charged.

However, arrest warrants filed in Fayette District Court outlined the allegations.

According to the warrant charging him with first-degree official misconduct, Brown drove a woman to a remote location in Fayette County "with intent to obtain sexual favors." Brown allegedly had inappropriate contact with her, in violation of "lawfully adopted rules of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police," the document said.

The same day, Dec. 9, Brown also had failed to file charges against the woman after finding drug paraphernalia in her purse, according to another warrant charging him with second-degree official misconduct.

Brown's charges also stemmed from failing to file charges against a man who was found with pills in his pocket, the second warrant said. He arrested the man for driving on a suspended license, even though he did not witness the traffic infraction, another warrant said.

According to policy, police typically do not file charges for traffic infractions they don't witness.

Brown has been a police officer for more than 10 years. His personnel file, which the Herald-Leader obtained through an open-records request, shows no previous disciplinary actions against him.

The personnel file contains dozens of letters of commendation for Brown. He received a Valor Award in 2006 for being one of the first officers to arrive at the crash of Flight 5191.

"You ignored the serious risks to your own personal safety while, despite lacking protective gear, you assisted Blue Grass Airport and other police personnel in battling the intense aircraft fire," the document said.

On March 23, more than three months after his alleged indiscretion with the woman, Brown was placed on light duty and ordered to turn in his police credentials, according to a personnel order. He was not to drive a cruiser or carry a gun, and he lost the ability to make arrests.

On July 12, Brown was relieved of sworn duty and suspended without pay.

After the internal investigation, Roberts said the inquiry was forwarded to the city's Law Department for further internal action.

Brown is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Fayette District Court.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety. Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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