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Science Hill police chief indicted

A grand jury has indicted Science Hill Police Chief Robbie Gossett on charges of theft and abuse of public trust.

Gossett was charged with two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $10,000 and two counts of abuse of public trust over $10,000, all class C felonies.

The charges allege that Gossett obtained funds and property belonging to the city and failed to make the required disposition of them from July 2008 through October 2009.

Scott Foster, Gossett’s attorney, said Gossett had met authorities about Thursday morning at the Pulaski County jail, where he was booked on the charges.

Foster said Gossett was there for about 30 minutes. “People who love and support him posted his bond,” Foster said. The bond was listed at $25,000 cash or $50,000 property.

“He is absolutely innocent,” Foster said. “Naturally, he denies he did anything wrong, and right now we will work on clearing his name.”

He said that neither he nor Gossett were aware of the details of the charges as of Thursday afternoon.

“Right now, I don’t know what they are accusing him of doing,” he said. “The indictment took us by surprise. I am anxious to see what they have as evidence.”

He said he was unsure whether the charges were connected with Gossett’s work as police chief or whether they stemmed from Gossett’s work with the city, being a part of the water board or sewer board.

“He is literally one of the pillars of the community, and for him to be accused of doing something wrong, ... I’m not believing it.”

Foster said he was unsure what Gossett’s plans were concerning his work as police chief.

Science Hill Mayor Bill Dick said he had no information on Gossett’s position with the police. A meeting is to be held with the city’s commissioners to discuss the issue.

Dick said, “We’re going to let it go through the court system and see how it plays out.”

Gossett is scheduled to go before Judge David Tapp in Pulaski Circuit Court on Dec. 22.

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