Special Deputy in custody after money goes missing during traffic stop

Sheriff's deputy arrested for money theft

BALLARD COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A deputy in Ballard County, Kentucky is in custody in McCracken County.

An arrest warrant was issued for Special Deputy Derek Turner for theft and official misconduct.

Ballard County Sheriff Ronnie Giles said on May 13 he learned that there was a question posed to a deputy regarding money that may have gone missing on a traffic stop.

Sheriff Giles said the deputy that was asked about the money was one of two deputies that were present at the stop.

The deputy immediately came to Sheriff Giles and informed him of the question. Giles said he decided to look into the situation further.

Sheriff Giles said he looked at body camera footage from the deputy on the night of the stop.

He said the video showed that not only was there money present during the stop, it was missing before the stop was over.

Sheriff Giles said the only people with access to the vehicle after the subject was taken into custody were two Ballard County Sheriff’s Deputies.

That included one full time and one Special Deputy.

After viewing the video, Sheriff Giles said he asked an outside agency to look into the matter and take whatever steps they saw were necessary after their investigation.

Detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department reviewed the body camera video and interviewed all parties involved according to Giles.

He said their investigation resulted in enough evidence to seek an arrest warrant for Special Deputy Turner.

Turner was taken into custody and lodged in the McCracken County Jail.

Sheriff Giles said he hold his deputies and department to a high standard of professionalism and moral conduct.

Derek Turner has been removed from the Special Deputy roster and can no longer act in any official capacity for the Sheriff’s Department, Giles said.

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