VERSAILLES — The trial of a former Woodford County coroner that was scheduled to start Monday has been postponed until May 29.
Steve Ward has pleaded not guilty to six counts of third-degree sodomy in a case involving a victim who was younger than 17 at the time of the alleged sexual abuse, between 1998 and 2000.
Special Judge William Clouse granted a request for a continuance made earlier this month by special prosecutor Andy Sims, according to court records.
In his request for a continuance, Sims said that one Kentucky State Police detective who investigated the case and who would presumably testify is on medical leave and won't return to duty until early 2012.
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Another detective was supposed to go on mandatory state police training the week of the trial, Sims wrote. Finally, a clinical psychologist who treated the alleged victim has moved to Oregon.
The motion for continuance said defense attorney Patrick Nash was agreeable to a continuance.
Ward, 57, was coroner for 20 years but lost his re-election bid last year to Ronald Eugene Owens.