City worker charged
The Messenger. 05.19.08
A Hickman, Ky., city employee has been arrested on charges stemming from alleged sexual harassment involving two female jail inmates.
Hickman city code inspector Billy G. Murray was charged Friday with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.
On April 24, a KSP detective had received a complaint from two female inmates at the Fulton County Jail who accused Murray of sexual harassment, the KSP reported. At the time of the complaint, Murray — who was employed by the City of Hickman as the city code enforcement officer — was the inmates’ work release supervisor at Hickman City Hall.
The inmates told authorities that the alleged harassment began in early February of this year and continued until they reported it last month. Jail staff contacted the KSP and the investigation was initiated. The investigation by the KSP detective “revealed that inappropriate sexual contact had occurred between Murray and the two inmates,” according to the KSP press release.
Murray, who had been suspended by the city, sent a letter to the Hickman City Commission on May 6 to resign from his position as code enforcement officer effective June 20, the KSP said. He turned himself in to the KSP on Friday and, after being charged, was lodged in the Fulton County Detention Center in Hickman.
The KSP is continuing its investigation.