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Former Paducah middle school asst. principal accused of perjury, tampering


A former Paducah Middle School assistant principal has been arrested on indictments charging him with perjury, tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a witness.

Jerry Wayne Walker, 39, of West Paducah, was arrested in connection with lies he allegedly told a Paducah Public Schools tribunal while appealing his termination more than a year ago.

Also arrested was Jennifer Griffith, 35, of Paducah, on indictments charging her with perjury and facilitation to tampering with physical evidence.

According to Paducah police, Walker was indicted on Friday by a McCracken County grand jury on charges of perjury, tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a witness.

He turned himself in to police around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24. He was booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail and released a short time later on a $7,500 cash bond.

Police say the woman, Griffith, who told the same tribunal that she was with Walker on the weekend that led to his termination was also indicted.

Griffith turned herself in at the police department on Friday afternoon and was arrested.

At the request of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Sgt. Anthony Copeland opened an investigation into testimony at the tribunal in January.

Police say the tribunal is identical to a court trial with a hearing  officer appointed by the Kentucky Attorney General's office instead of a judge.

They say Walker requested the tribunal after he was terminated as assistant principal of Paducah Middle School for immoral conduct or conduct unbecoming a teacher.

Sgt. Copeland said Walker was supposed to attend the State Middle School Track and Field meet on May 25, 2013, in Louisville, as a school representative.

However, instead of going to the meet, he allegedly met Griffith, also an employee of Paducah Middle School, at a Hyatt Hotel and allegedly spent two nights there.

When he returned to Paducah, police say he allegedly turned in an expense report to the school district that included two nights at the Hyatt, while other school representatives stayed at a Red Roof Inn, Sgt. Copeland said.

Paducah's school board began an investigation into Walker's expenses, and allegations regarding the relationship between Walker and Griffith, both of whom were married at the time.

Sgt. Copeland said the board's investigation culminated with the dismissal of Walker for turning in expense reports when he had not attended the track meet.

Walker asked that a tribunal hear his appeal of the termination.

Sgt. Copeland said during the hearing, held in mid-July 2013, Walker testified that he had attended the track meet and produced photographs of him wearing an orange  paper bracelet that he claimed was an admittance bracelet.

According to police, Copeland's investigation turned up evidence that Walker, shortly after his termination, allegedly bought an orange paper bracelet, and with Griffith's alleged help, took photographs that supposedly showed Walker wearing the bracelet in Louisville on May 25.

Copeland said those were the photographs presented at the tribunal as proof that Walker had attended the track meet.

Additionally, Copeland said Griffith testified at the tribunal that she had been with Walker in Louisville, but perjured herself when she testified that he did attend the track meet.

The investigation is ongoing.

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