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    Sheriff and Deputies in Trouble

    This is the office where the Short murders occured including Jennifer Short.

    http://wdbj7.com/Global/story.asp?S=5624136


    A federal grand jury has indicted Henry County Sheriff Frank Cassell and a dozen of his current and former deputies on racketeering charges.

    Cassell's lawyer, John Lichtenstein, said, "He is innocent," and will remain on the job.

    "He is now the sheriff," said Lichtenstein. "He believes that he has a duty to the people of Henry County to do his job, and he intends to continue to do that for the time being. He's going to make decisions that he believes will be in the best interest of the people of Henry County."

    The indictment, returned Tuesday and unsealed this morning, names 20 defendants, including a former state probation officer and a former postal service employee.

    The counts include racketeering conspiracy, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a machine gun, obstruction of justice, perjury, money laundering and narcotics distribution.

    The case was built on the work of Henry County Sheriff's deputy James Alden Vaught. The government alleges he allowed a home he owns in Martinsville to be used as a "drug drop."

    The indictment lists narcotics, including the "date-rape" drug Ketamine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana. Among the charges: Sergeant Vaught sold two grams of cocaine he'd seized from a drug dealer.

    Vaught's rental property in Martinsville was also allegedly used by officers of the Henry County Sheriff's office as a "place for extra-marital sexual relations." Sergeant Vaught resigned in March of last year and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators. The indictment alleges that Vaught secretly recorded conversations with many of the other people charged in the indictment.

    The indictment alleges the sheriff himself--H. Frank Cassell--"covered up the illegal activities by failing to pursue investigations." It says Sheriff Cassell gave information to offenders, hoping to enable them to avoid detection and arrest, that the sheriff made false statements to federal agents. The indictment goes on to say that the Sheriff was a party to the money-laundering scheme alleged by the government--money derived from cocaine distribution.

    U.S. Attorney John Brownlee told a news conference this morning that Sheriff Cassell is in custody in Roanoke, pending an appearance this afternoon in Federal Court.

    Brownlee says additional state police have been assigned to help with law enforcement in Henry County.

    Henry County Sheriff's Captain Lane Perry told reporters that the public will see no interruption of services.

    "We have the resources to continue," said Perry. "This will not hinder us in any way and we will move forward."

    Captain Perry said in the absence of the sheriff, leadership in the department goes to the highest ranking officer. "That would be me," Perry said.

    Sheriff Cassell was released this afternoon on $25,000 unsecured bond.

    The chairman of the Henry Couny Board of Supervisors, H.G. Vaughn, has called on Cassell to resign.
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    This is all we need. Yet another story to feed the crooked cop stereotype.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino View Post
    This is all we need. Yet another story to feed the crooked cop stereotype.
    Agreed. I guess we'll see how this one plays out...
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    I was on another site and the indicment was posted. A whole bunch of people, including a few civilians and a probation officer assigned to that area.

    Ditto by Rhino. The sad part is, if these deputies are ever cleared, no media is going to post more than a blurb that the charges were dismissed.

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    That is true, if even one of them is found to be guilty it will be all over the news, but if ALL are found not guilty you wont see much of anything about it.
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    The only times the press cares about police is when we are killed or charged with a crime.

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    Exactly. Like in that Ohio trooper thread. The press probably posted much less about the trooper being sober, than being (wrongly) drunk
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    The press will murder just about any piece of information they get their hands on. Be it completely wrong ideas or in the New Ulm Urinal's (actually Journal, but the nickname for it here in that) case misspellings so wrong you wonder if they do it on purpose...
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    Journalists aren't the brightest. There's a discussion now on my aviation forum, where a Malaysia Airlines 777 returned to the airport due to engine failure. In the article, they used a factory painted 777 instead of one from the company. How hard is it to Google Malaysia 777 and get a real picture. This is one of the lesser cases. Many times you'll see an article about something, with a totally different plane pictured.
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