Deputy Molen INDICTED!!!

Deputy Molen INDICTED!!!

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B Man

Prestonsburg, KY

#1 Jun 27, 2013
In the Herald-Leader. Read about it here.

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/27/2695246/pu...

NOTE TO MODERATOR: Please don't delete this thread, you should know it is about a local sheriff's deputy who was indicted for using excessive force while on the job.
B Man

Prestonsburg, KY

#2 Jun 27, 2013
A Pulaski County sheriff's deputy used excessive force against two people, a federal grand jury charged Thursday.

The grand jury indicted Steve Molen on two counts of violating the victims' right not to be subjected to unreasonable force by a police officer.

Molen came under federal scrutiny after witnesses in a January 2011 court hearing in Pulaski County described more than half-dozen incidents in which Molen was accused of hitting people or treating them roughly, sometimes while they were handcuffed.

Those witnesses included Somerset police officers who said they saw Molen hit people without justification.

Molen's attorney, Patrick F. Nash, said he is confident Molen will be exonerated when a trial jury hears the whole story.

Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said Thursday that he will meet with his command staff and evaluate whether to assign Molen, 48, to an administrative job while the federal charges are pending.

Wood said he respects federal prosecutors, but supports Molen and other sheriff's office employees. Molen became a deputy in 2005 and has been very active, leading the department in drunken-driving arrests, for instance, Wood said.

"Deputy Molen has been a tremendous asset to our office," Wood said.

Molen was not arrested after the indictment. U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram issued a summons directing Molen to appear in court July 11.

The two cases of alleged excessive force covered in Thursday's indictment occurred in October 2009 and October 2011, according to the release from U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.

Molen injured both victims, according to the indictment, which identified them only by their initials.

The initials of one matched those of Danny Whitaker, a Pulaski County tow-truck operator Molen arrested on charges of fleeing, menacing and resisting arrest in October 2009. Molen said in a citation that Whitaker acted aggressively after Molen pulled him over for speeding.

Molen said he hit Whitaker only one time after Whitaker struggled with him and reached toward his back pocket, causing a concern that he had a weapon. But Whitaker, who has sons who are police officers, said in a lawsuit that Molen punched and kicked him repeatedly without provocation, then twisted his arm violently behind his back.

In fighting the charges, Whitaker's attorney, Scott T. Foster, called witnesses to testify about Molen's alleged brutality in hopes of showing he had a pattern of assaulting people and then filing unfounded charges against them to cover up his conduct.

Federal prosecutors from Lexington and Washington, D.C., will handle the charges against Molen, according to Harvey.

Molen faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/27/2695246/pu...
Shocked

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 27, 2013
Im very surprised he's going to be allowed to work, possibly still as an arresting deputy.

I realize an indictment doesn't mean guilt however, shouldn't the protection of the citizens be first and foremost?

We remove children from their parents homes when there is suspected abuse before there's a guilty verdict.

Allowing him to still patrol would be like allowing a suspected child abuser to live in the same house as the child but brandishing them to a different room.

Take this man off patrol until he's either found guilty or found innocent. It's only the "right" thing to do.
voter

Somerset, KY

#4 Jun 27, 2013
If our sheriff allows him to stay on patrol he has received our last vote.
ManBearPig

Somerset, KY

#5 Jun 27, 2013
The Sheriff is going to keep him working and pay him. That is nuts. We need to vote Wood out of office.
voter

Somerset, KY

#7 Jun 27, 2013
Why has this been allowed to go on by our elected county officials?
bear sighting

Somerset, KY

#8 Jun 27, 2013
A better question is how much has this one county employee cost the taxpayers by settling all these lawsuits and attorney's fees? Is this the reason why the county is in such bad financial shape?
Fan

Cecilia, KY

#10 Jun 28, 2013
I have been a Todd Wood supporter since he assumed the Sheriff job. He has not been effective in said job. He has supported Molen since the rogue cop became a Deputy and started his brutality against many citizens. Most have not came forward to report his improper actions. Maybe more will now. To support Molen by Wood is a neglect of the People. I must say that Wood has had years to be a good Sheriff and seems to get worse in his duties. Therefore, I will not support him any longer.
windy

Lexington, KY

#11 Jun 28, 2013
Fan wrote:
I have been a Todd Wood supporter since he assumed the Sheriff job. He has not been effective in said job. He has supported Molen since the rogue cop became a Deputy and started his brutality against many citizens. Most have not came forward to report his improper actions. Maybe more will now. To support Molen by Wood is a neglect of the People. I must say that Wood has had years to be a good Sheriff and seems to get worse in his duties. Therefore, I will not support him any longer.
I'm sure many victims were told to keep quiet. Maybe if more came forward, then all the crooked officials will be exposed and proper actions be taken.
Tea Party Man

Lexington, KY

#12 Jun 28, 2013
Maybe better late then never, but this indictment is too little too late. This should have happened four years ago.
The fact that Todd Wood is on record now of supporting a criminal is neither shocking nor new. If the U. S. Attorney's office and the Dept. of Justice didn't have sufficient evidence to convict, believe me, there would be no indictment.
Now Todd Wood is sure that he will be cleared brings back memories of Lester Burns claiming that he would be vindicated when the ship of justice sailed into port.
I am NOT a doctor but I know enough psychology to know that Molen is a dangerous psychopath. Hopefully the federal judge will disarm him when he goes to court. Surely that might embarrass Todd Wood.
I guess the election is next year and it is time for Tood Wood to go.
Bufford

Oneida, TN

#13 Jun 28, 2013
More of these damn crooks need to be knocked in the head by the law because these sorry liberal justice system will only slap the crooks on the hand.
Tea Party Man

Lexington, KY

#14 Jun 28, 2013
Westwood wrote:
Maybe Nancy can now get back to its drunken, speeding and drug-dealing ways.
When did it stop? I know or have known several illegal drug dealers in the Nancy community and all I know of the sheriff's department doing is notifying them of any reports made against them and tell them that they needed to slow down or to get ready for a search--so they could better hid their goodies.
One informant was assaulted by a dealer and Fred Niekirk refused to prosecute. And Judge Venters intercepted a letter to the grand jury. The allegations of public officials looking out from the criminals are not meritless but real and true.
The only thing that surprises me about Molen is that he has not killed somebody and maybe he has--the Price case remains unsolved and wasn't his truck and body found near Det. Whitaker's home?
Only the criminals and na´ve will continue to support and vote for Todd Wood.
Tea Party Man

Lexington, KY

#15 Jun 28, 2013
B Man wrote:
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Didn't they already have to pay Whitaker damages stemming from a civil suit? And now a federal indictment?
Why not just cut the guy loose? People have surely been fired for a lot less. Almost makes one think the sheriff can't fire him, for some unknown reason.
Maybe he is afraid of him. Wasn't it an ex-deputy that was involved in Sam's killing?
Fan

Cecilia, KY

#17 Jun 28, 2013
Tea Party Man wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe he is afraid of him. Wasn't it an ex-deputy that was involved in Sam's killing?
Yes it was. Alot of crime and corruption has occured since Sam's assination. By the way, the Deputy that was going to run against Sam was a rogue cop also. Glad the Feds are involved. There will be investigation(s)that force some out and force others to resign. Power to the People hopefully.
ex cop

Somerset, KY

#18 Jun 28, 2013
Maybe they will get Woods next. That has been a rumour, that has been circulating, for a while. Woods, would have NEVER gotten to be sheriff, if Sam Catron, wasn't killed. He should have been humble and grateful to get the job, but instead, has been very arrogant. He does not return calls to his voters that need to talk to him, and is not available after 11PM. When is the last time that there was a major drug bust in this county? They just get a person that has sold as little as one pill, and charge them with trafficking. Sam used to get a bunch of officers together, from different agencies, and cut marijuana, for several days, every year. They must have quit growing pot in Pulaski county, after Sam died. It's time for this county to again have a sheriff, that works for his voters and is approachable.
Why?

Chicago, IL

#21 Jun 28, 2013
I do agree, it's way past time for a change.
countyman

Pineville, KY

#22 Jun 28, 2013
The longer any politician is in office the more invincible they think they become, no one is above the law, Mr. Molen who i know as a decent guy, never seen this other stuff should have his day and let a jury decide his fate, if i was Wood i would put him on administrative duty till this is over to protect everyone involved including him
Stacy

Manchester, KY

#23 Jun 28, 2013
voter wrote:
Why has this been allowed to go on by our elected county officials?
Only one county official has authority to fire him. That's the sheriff.
Stacy

Manchester, KY

#24 Jun 28, 2013
I strongly blame Molen's boss, sheriff wood.

His boss should have pulled the reins back on him years ago and saved his career.

Now he is even making it worse by allowing to be on duty while under indictment. Criminals will try to take advantage of this situation and Molen will be set up. A very bad situation for the agency. Their leader is to blame for years of improper supervision and management of conduct.
Breached

Greenwood, SC

#26 Jun 28, 2013
Rodney King style justice on citizens , everyone now has cell phones with cameras but this still happens, this police department is as second rate as the hospital he sent all his victims to.

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