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Police officer arrested for allegedly vandalizing neighborhood

There are 109 comments on the WKYT story from Sep 13, 2013, titled Police officer arrested for allegedly vandalizing neighborhood. In it, WKYT reports that:

WKYT's Jordan Vilines spoke with folks living in that neighborhood who say they were shocked when they heard that the "vandal" was a cop: Tucked away among Rowan County's rolling mountains sits a neighborhood considered quiet--until the other night.

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kickinwing

United States

#1 Sep 14, 2013
Everyone else would have been charged with DUI and vandalism!
sad

Wallingford, KY

#2 Sep 14, 2013
I agree
Really

United States

#3 Sep 14, 2013
Except he wasn't driving idiot, and they actually over charged him in the criminal mischief, he did far less damage.
wondering

Dawsonville, GA

#4 Sep 14, 2013
Did he know the people that lived there?
stupid

United States

#5 Sep 14, 2013
He should be fired he broke the law and he's a cop, doesn't make seance to keep if he has broken the law he's mean and aggressive he's a sorry excuse for a police man and life
hillbilly

United States

#6 Sep 14, 2013
Really wrote:
Except he wasn't driving idiot, and they actually over charged him in the criminal mischief, he did far less damage.
Sounds like you're the idiot taking up for such nonsense!! That's Fleming county for ya! He should be made an example of and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law seeing how he is supposed to serve and protect! NOT!! What a joke and embarrassment to the community! Once again that's a fine representation of the goofy, dumbasses they hire as "cops" in Flemingsburg!!
Really

Morehead, KY

#7 Sep 14, 2013
When is stating the facts defending anyone? They're simply the facts. He should be given the same penalty as anyone else. You can't say he should be treated just like everyone else but then say he should be penalized more. There is no exemption on the law where law enforcement officers are penalized worse. If first time offenders with minimal property damage are probated then that's all he should get. You all do realize if he in fact did less than $500 damage (like I've heard from numerous people) the max penalty is 60 or 90 days in jail I think. Which by the way the trash that's in court news weekly doesn't receive that harsh a penalty, they also aren't on the front page of newspapers and top story on wkyt (almost 2 weeks after he was arrested by the way). It's up to the victims and the Rowan County Attorney what fines/penalties he should face. If he worked somewhere else this wouldn't be news, he wouldn't be facing work sanctions, and we wouldn't be discussing it on topics.
hillbilly

United States

#8 Sep 14, 2013
Really wrote:
When is stating the facts defending anyone? They're simply the facts. He should be given the same penalty as anyone else. You can't say he should be treated just like everyone else but then say he should be penalized more. There is no exemption on the law where law enforcement officers are penalized worse. If first time offenders with minimal property damage are probated then that's all he should get. You all do realize if he in fact did less than $500 damage (like I've heard from numerous people) the max penalty is 60 or 90 days in jail I think. Which by the way the trash that's in court news weekly doesn't receive that harsh a penalty, they also aren't on the front page of newspapers and top story on wkyt (almost 2 weeks after he was arrested by the way). It's up to the victims and the Rowan County Attorney what fines/penalties he should face. If he worked somewhere else this wouldn't be news, he wouldn't be facing work sanctions, and we wouldn't be discussing it on topics.
Again, the trash in court every week aren't police officer sergeants either! Quit making light of the situation and hopefully the city will be more careful as to whom they hire to serve and protect instead of vandalize and destroy!
Really

Morehead, KY

#9 Sep 14, 2013
Again I simply stated the facts, and as for the city they didn't fire him. Did you all even read the article in the morehead news or watch/read the wkyt story?
FYI

Dawsonville, GA

#10 Sep 14, 2013
Although mailboxes are private property, because they are used by the U.S. Postal Service, a federal agency, they are considered to be federal property as well. The main federal law under which mailbox vandals are charged is Title 18, Section 1705 of the U.S. Code, which forbids individuals from willfully or maliciously damaging, destroying, defacing or tearing down mailboxes or any other receptacle used for the storage or delivery of mail. Those found guilty of doing so can be fined or sentenced to up to three years in prison for each count. The specific amount of the fine is not stated and is left to a judge's discretion.
Really

Morehead, KY

#11 Sep 14, 2013
Feds would never pick this up, and doesn't matter, look up the legal definitions of willfully and maliciously. KY has basically the same law, but that requires a mental state of knowingly or intentionally. Legally they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt he did anything intentionally or knowingly. Criminal mischief only requires a mental state of commiting wanton actions. If you're gonna try and be smarter than everyone in the topic and look things up you don't understand, actually know something about it before you do.
cut n paste

Flemingsburg, KY

#12 Sep 14, 2013
Really wrote:
Feds would never pick this up, and doesn't matter, look up the legal definitions of willfully and maliciously. KY has basically the same law, but that requires a mental state of knowingly or intentionally. Legally they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt he did anything intentionally or knowingly. Criminal mischief only requires a mental state of commiting wanton actions. If you're gonna try and be smarter than everyone in the topic and look things up you don't understand, actually know something about it before you do.
THE LAW
A person is guilty of criminal mischief in the second degree when, having no right to do so or any reasonable ground to believe that he has such right, he intentionally or wantonly defaces, destroys or damages any property causing pecuniary loss of $500 or more.
Criminal mischief in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

Intentionally: A person acts intentionally with respect to a result or to conduct described by a statute defining an offense when his conscious objective is to cause that result or to engage in that conduct.

Yes, dimwit, the element of intentional conduct can legally be proven by reference to a person's conduct. In Workman's case eyewitness observed the destruction of mailboxes and other property. The act of pulling up mail boxes appears to have been Workman's conscious objective.
Citizen

Lexington, KY

#13 Sep 14, 2013
On duty or not. He is still a representative of the police force. And should be terminated. Who knows what else he's done. And maybe while on duty.
Really

Morehead, KY

#14 Sep 14, 2013
You are a complete moron. I just explained why he couldn't be charged with the offenses related to the federal charges of tampering with the mail or similar state charges, and further explained why he could be charged with criminal mischief. And no intentional legally means the person knew and understood their actions, intending them to happen. His mental state was impaired by alcohol, those same witnesses and officers would also say he appeared to have no knowledge of what was going on. Again they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt he knew what he was doing.
No ones perfect

Lexington, KY

#15 Sep 14, 2013
Law official or not, he is human. We all make mistakes and just because you are a cop does not mean you are perfect. I went to school with Aaron and he is a really good person. I understand that law officers should uphold a higher standard than the rest of us, however, I am sure everyone of us have made a mistake that we all regret and wish we could change. I believe that he should have to face the same charges as any of us would face but I also believe that he should be entitled to keep his job and learn from his mistake. Law officials have personal lives the same as you and I do, we none know what may be going on or may not be going on so let's all show some forgiveness.
seriously

Flemingsburg, KY

#16 Sep 14, 2013
Cops should be charged double what regular citizens are for the fact that the are suppose to enforce these rules and regulations I don't care what anyone else thinks that is my opinion and how I feel about it
GOODGRIEF

Lexington, KY

#17 Sep 14, 2013
Come on people THINK he is a COP hired to protect the citizens of the county in which he worked. He has sworn to uphold the law. If not strict penalties will follow along with huge fines and possibly prison. Anytime u have a job working with people basically u are expected to take on responsibility and do your job, sounds like this cop staked out places to steal and vandalize which makes him a danger to the community in which he works.
How

Morehead, KY

#18 Sep 14, 2013
How did you figure out how to work the computer to make it to this site? No seriously? You sir are an idiot. Sounds like he staked places out to steal? Wtf? How you figure that? He was drunk, he knocked over some mailboxes, that's it, nothing more, nothing less. If you sheep haven't figured out by now the news plays it up for the coverage then all our futures are in trouble. He did something dumb, not dangerous, just stupid. Sure he didn't mean too, and sure he regrets it more then anyone. Yeah he's a cop, so you have the right to know, well you all know. He still has a job, topix won't change that retards. He prolly won't get jail time, guess what? Almost no one does anymore. You can get caught with freaking heroin...HEROIN, attributed to 33 overdose deaths at this point in 2013...in Fayette County alone, guess what, no prison time. HEROIN!!!!! He damaged and has since replaced 3 mailboxes, and the railing of a ramp. News blew it up, he was drunk and stupid, public ridicule and embarrassment are very good punishments. Minimal property damage, alcohol intoxication, pay a fine and be done with it. He was suspended and demoted, probably more we don't know about, people do worse all the time and get less. Don't judge him on one action alone.
hillbilly

Tucker, GA

#19 Sep 14, 2013
No ones perfect wrote:
Law official or not, he is human. We all make mistakes and just because you are a cop does not mean you are perfect. I went to school with Aaron and he is a really good person. I understand that law officers should uphold a higher standard than the rest of us, however, I am sure everyone of us have made a mistake that we all regret and wish we could change. I believe that he should have to face the same charges as any of us would face but I also believe that he should be entitled to keep his job and learn from his mistake. Law officials have personal lives the same as you and I do, we none know what may be going on or may not be going on so let's all show some forgiveness.
You're a dumbass too! He should be fired on the spot! Going nuts drunk and who knows what else he was on that made him go nuts and damage property for no reason means he has mental issues! Who wants someone that is obviously a ticking time bomb to be a cop that's supposed to protect us?! Yes he is human and we all make mistakes but to this degree?? I don't think so! This is not your every day imperfection and especially getting drunk and acting like a crazed, dangerous idiot!
Wildman

Cleveland, GA

#20 Sep 14, 2013
I agree with hillbilly 100%. This was uncalled for.Should have been fired on the spot.

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