A Kentucky mayor is happily behind the desk at his office today, even though he admitted to breaking the law when he gave a parolee special favors in exchange for sex. What’s disturbing is that the fact that he is free isn’t even the worst of it.
Prosecutors dismissed all charges against Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis this week after evidence of his sex scheme was uncovered. According to documents obtained by WDRB, the mayor was involved with a woman who was on parole for a drug conviction. He was sending her messages on Facebook in 2014 and promising that he’d have then-Governor Steve Beshear pardon her if only she’d do some things for him:
What I meant by you need something and I need something,” Ellis wrote in one message. “[Y]ou needed money for your phone and I needed a bj or sex.”
In another message, Ellis complained that the woman was asking for things without providing sexual favors in return.
“We haven’t had any trade offs the last two times,” he said.
“I know I’m sorry,” the woman said in her reply. “How about we try to do something on your lunch break?
Investigators say the woman went to his office and performed oral sex on him — which he told lead investigator Lynn Hunt never happened. He continued to deny that the charges until he saw the evidence that the Attorney General’s office had. An affidavit from Hunt said:
Here, having performed sexual acts for payment, this woman has engaged in prostitution. Mayor Ellis, then, having intentionally encouraged her to commit those acts, has committed solicitation.
During the course of their investigation, authorities discovered that he’d also harassed two women who worked for him and was openly racist. Lt. Col. Dan Patchin of the Shepherdsville Police Department said that he overheard Ellis “talk about black people and referred to them as ‘N*****s’.” And saying,”that every ‘N—–’ born should be injected with Cycle Cell [sic] so that they could not reproduce.”
Ellis, of course, denies that he is a racist.
Even though the mayor ADMITTED that he is a slimy, piece of garbage who used his position of power to exploit the parolee, special prosecutor Mark Shouse said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him. Seriously.
And Investigator Hunt? Yeah, she was fired for supposedly violating department policies. As if terminating her was not enough, she was charged with a misdemeanor for accessing government records without permission.
This case is the perfect example of the abuse of power, not just by Ellis but also by the prosecutor’s office. This a$$hole was given a pass while the people who uncovered his crimes was fired.
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