GRAYSON A Republican candidate for Greenup County Sheriff has a authorized previous together with arrests for assault and DUI, in addition to a present court docket case for allegedly violating a restraining order, in response to court docket data.
Shannon Worthington, who’s difficult incumbent Matt Smith within the GOP major in Could, has mentioned political motivations have introduced his previous arrests and present court docket case involving an lively interpersonal protecting order to gentle.
Worthington appeared in Carter County District Court docket Wednesday morning on a single cost of violating a protecting order, a misdemeanor. Showing by way of Zoom together with lawyer Robin Webb (who was serving in Frankfort as a state senator), Worthington entered a not responsible plea and had a pretrial set for Jan. 19.
Whereas Worthington gained’t focus on the particulars of the case, he mentioned he’s “fairly assured every little thing will prove OK.” He additionally mentioned the felony summons within the case, which court docket data present was served on Dec. 6, 2021, got here days after he filed to run for sheriff.
The underlying protecting order was issued in February 2019, after a girlfriend swore out a petition accusing Worthington of detaining her at his residence and pushing her to the bottom. The lady was in a position to get away to her automotive and petitioned the order the subsequent day, in response to court docket data.
The order is in impact till February 2022, in response to court docket data.
Per the phrases of the order, Worthington — who works as a Lieutenant on the Greenup County Detention Middle (and is son of the present jailer Mike Worthington, who can also be up for re-election) — can not possess a firearm. Nevertheless, state regulation and federal interpretations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in addition to the Division of Justice present a regulation enforcement official with a restraining order can possess their weapon within the regular course of duties, however not off-duty.
Worthington mentioned different run-ins he had within the early 2010s had been a results of being a “younger, dumb child.”
“Folks will choose you by what you probably did 10, 15, 20 years in the past. If we did that to everyone, nobody has a clear closet,” Worthington mentioned. “And I used to be a younger, dumb child at one time. I used to be. I’m not anymore. I’m elevating youngsters of my very own, and it’s simply type of one thing — working for sheriff introduced it to gentle. Clearly I make anyone nervous. I might do that all day — I might sit and discuss dangerous about folks all I would like, however on the finish of the day it’s not going to make me a greater particular person to take a seat there and do what the opposite particular person is doing.”
In 2010, he was charged with home violence in Ironton after being accused of slapping his then-girlfriend. In 2013, he was charged with assault after being accused of punching a person within the face on the Finish Zone Bar and Grill in Ironton.
Fees had been dismissed in each instances — within the 2010 case, the sufferer didn’t present up, and within the 2013 case, the sufferer requested the fees be dropped.
In 2011, Worthington was convicted of third-offense DUI and served a complete of 34 days within the Boyd County Detention Middle. When he was initially charged, he had a third-offense driving on a suspended license because of DUI, a category D felony. That was pleaded right down to misdemeanor.
On the time of all theses incidents, Worthington was between the ages of 29 and 32, in response to court docket data. When confronted with the truth that 29 isn’t the identical as a 20 when it comes to maturity, Worthington mentioned the next:
“I perceive. It goes together with the identical factor that I’m saying, it’s all delivered to gentle for political causes. It’s what it’s. I’m prepared to take the punches and maintain doing my factor and run the election.”
When requested if he was implicating the present sheriff — and his opponent in Could — within the accusations of “soiled politics,” Worthington mentioned, “I’m not going to carry anyone’s title into it, I’m going to take the excessive street on that. It’s simply not one thing I’m going to do.”
Since logically Smith is Worthington’s political opponent within the major race, The Day by day Unbiased reached to permit him to touch upon whether or not he had leaked any details about Worthington’s authorized state of affairs.
Over the cellphone, Smith denied it, and initially declined to present an official assertion. He then requested for about half an hour to suppose it over.
About 45 minutes after getting off the cellphone, Smith despatched the next textual content message:
“I receives a commission to implement the legal guidelines. I used to be elected to guard, serve and implement the legal guidelines. Individuals who break these legal guidelines must look within the mirror and never blame Matt Smith or another regulation enforcement company.”
Worthington mentioned he’s working on a platform of reforming the sheriff’s workplace to enhance the standard of investigations and deputies on the roads to be able to put violent offenders and drug sellers behind bars. He mentioned he’s going to work alongside federal businesses, like varied police departments are doing in Boyd and Carter counties with the DEA and ATF.
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