Steve Ward is guilty
Got out

Fulton, KY

#349 Sep 21, 2012
Hes out. Did you see him on news. Very angry and said no comment. Wow should he be out?

Fulton, KY

#350 Sep 21, 2012
Wow he didn't like the camera. Wonder what he thought the boys felt when he raped them. He needs anger management. Gained a lot of weight.

Fulton, KY

#351 Sep 21, 2012
News coverage........PRICELESS. He's still guilty even thou he is out.

Lebanon, KY

#352 Sep 21, 2012
A former coroner that pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct is now out on shock probation.

Former Woodford County Coroner James Ward served 113 days in jail after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct. Friday, he was let out on shock probation.

Jail officials say Ward was released shortly after 11:00 a.m. Friday.

According to his probation order, a psychologist reported that Ward is unlikely to commit a similar crime again.

The court ordered him to start a sex offender treatment program immediately and he won't be allowed to live in a home with adolescents without the approval of the court.

It says he also may not become involved with a group made up mainly of adolescents except for a church congregation after notifying leaders of his conviction. His probation will last two years

Lebanon, KY

#353 Sep 21, 2012
Former Woodford County Coroner Steve Ward was granted shock probation Friday, nearly four months after pleading guilty to engaging in "deviant sexual intercourse" without the consent of a 14-year-old boy.

Special Judge William Clouse said in an order filed Friday in Woodford Circuit Court that a court appointed psychologist assessed Ward and "reported that he is unlikely to have future sexual contact with a minor."

The psychologist said Ward would benefit from a two-year sex abuse treatment program. The sex abuse treatment program that Ward enters has to be under the direction of a licensed mental health professional recommended by the psychologist.

Granting probation may be "the only way to see to it that the defendant receives the recommended treatment," the order said.

The order prohibits Ward from having contact with any adolescent without "direct supervision by an adult who understands the situation and meets the approval of the court."

Ward was nearly four months into a 360-day jail sentence for misdemeanor sexual misconduct. Five other counts of third-degree sodomy were dismissed. The encounters with the boy, who is now an adult, happened from 1998 to 2000, according to Herald-Leader archives.

Ward pleaded guilty on May 29 and began serving his sentence in the Woodford County jail on June 1, according to the archives. He was released Friday, Woodford Jailer Johnny Jones said.

Ward will be on probation supervised by the court for two years, the order said.

Ward has owned Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home in Versailles since 1989, and he worked there for 12 years before that, according to Herald-Leader archives.

Ward's complete absence from the business for an extended period could have substantially impaired the business and negatively impacted the employees who work there, Nash had argued in an earlier court motion.

In an interview on Friday, Nash said, "that funeral home has been one of the bedrock buisinesses of the community for many, many years ... If it had been allowed to fail ... that would have left a void in the community.

Whatever a person may think about Steve's failings in other areas," Nash said, "there is no question that he is an outstanding funeral director and provided great service to families and still does."

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Lebanon, KY

#354 Sep 21, 2012
The former Woodford County coroner who made a plea deal with prosecutors in May on sex charges has been granted shock probation in the case.

Steve Ward asked for the probation so he can run his Versailles Funeral Home.

Ward was charged with six charges of third-degree sodomy when he was arrested back in 2010. Police say a male came forward claiming Ward sodomized him more than 10 years ago at the age of 14. Ward maintained his innocence until a plea agreement was made.

In May's plea agreement, Ward agreed to plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor sexual misconduct. The judge in the case immediately sentenced Ward to one year in jail with no parole possibility.

Ward was the Woodford County coroner for more than 20 years when he was defeated in the last election.

Lebanon, KY

#355 Sep 21, 2012

Versailles, KY

#356 Sep 21, 2012
Just happy he can go back to doing his job!

Derwood, MD

#357 Sep 21, 2012
So you are happy a convicted child molester and lnown pedophile is free?What if was your family member?The s.o.b.needs to have his balls cutoff and his penis removed by force and shoved down his throat.If you are happy a child molester is free where he can do that again you must be involved with that sick shit youself.

Lexington, KY

#358 Sep 21, 2012
Hide your children, the rapist is on the streets again! Maybe he can get a job at Jack Kain with the other one.

Fulton, KY

#359 Sep 22, 2012
How are they going to monitor him at funeral home with children there for a funeral. Wow. People that's enough to make you think. This is serious. Pray for victims who live with this daily and he only served 118 days for it. Wow our justice system is warped! Who was the judge and prosecutor who let this go thru. Well he will have to answer one day to the Lord above.
Gave to community

Fulton, KY

#360 Sep 22, 2012
That kills me that they try to say ward has done a lot for our community. Wow. So that takes away his crime. How can an attorney say that and represent such a scum bag.
Versailles citizen

United States

#361 Sep 22, 2012
He's a worthless individual in a town with a worthless judicial system, what happened to "one year with no possibility of parole"? Granted its not "technically" parole but let's call a spade a spade, he's not in jail! He should have gotten much longer than a year anyway. I guess we all need to let him know that he has no place in "OUR" town anymore and we need to keep our beloved family and friends out of his care. I do not want his hands on me dead or alive! He can get mad all he wants, he is the one who has done wrong and I hope the news and our citizens run his worthless ass out of town!
Still guilty

Fulton, KY

#362 Sep 26, 2012
No matter what he does he is still Guilty of raping 14 year old boy. All the good deeds he is claiming are wiped out by his guilty plea. He is scum scum scum of the earth!

Versailles, KY

#363 Sep 26, 2012
you people are haters and sinners, can we say hypocrite ? seriously, he manned up and admitted guilt, im sure half of you people running your DSLs are probably pillheads and drunks, i think EVERYONE should be forgiven. let the man rehabilitate, i feel confident he knows now he needs to hit on people over 18, although 16 is legal, id imagine he can control himself enough to go after legal sex partners lol

Versailles, KY

#364 Sep 28, 2012
A pedophile CANNOT be rehabilitated! Hello people? Are you serious right now? Anyone capable of sick sex crimes against children is the lowest of all mankind. You name me one crime that rates below that.

Odessa, TX

#365 Sep 28, 2012
Pedos cant be fixed.he done and will keep doing it.the only cure is prison away from everyone.had it been your regular citizen he would have gotten 20 yrs or more.ward has money thats one reason he didnt.hes part of the good old biys network in town is versailles you can have all the justice you can afford.
Serving time

United States

#366 Sep 28, 2012
dirtywhiteboy wrote:
Pedos cant be fixed.he done and will keep doing it.the only cure is prison away from everyone.had it been your regular citizen he would have gotten 20 yrs or more.ward has money thats one reason he didnt.hes part of the good old biys network in town is versailles you can have all the justice you can afford.
i agree. The good ole boys system is in every county. We need justice for victims!

Versailles, KY

#367 Sep 30, 2012
he blew a 14 year old, its not like he raped a bunch of LITTLE kids, hell i was getting laid when i was 13 and knew damn well what i was doing, i even got blown by a 31 year old woman when i was 14, i knew what i was doing nd wanted more lol yea its not legal in ky and he made a bad coice, but i see no reocrd he was doing alot of young people and it seems like a isolated incient and nothing else has been proven except made up rumors initiated by the new coroners posse
Plead guilty

Fulton, KY

#369 Oct 1, 2012
Well he plead guilty. He's said he did it and he should have gotten a much worse sentence. He should have to register as sex offender. The judge and prosecutor dropped the ball on this one. It will not be forgotten. I will never let the people forget this aweful act. Even the judge said it was horrific act Wow come on and give him more than 4 months. Then why 2 years probation. We want him to leave this county.

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