Coal lobbyist pleads guilty

LEXINGTON, KY -- Bill Caylor, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, pleaded guilty in Fayette District Court on Friday to a misdemeanor charge of violating an emergency protective order by harassing his wife, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

Judge Julie Muth Goodman agreed to let Caylor enter a diversion program, so in exchange for community service and no further violations of the law, Caylor's criminal record will be expunged in coming months. Goodman set Caylor's next court date for Nov. 6.

Caylor, 60, is the longtime chief lobbyist and spokesman for Kentucky's coal industry and a familiar face at the state Capitol.

His wife, Geaunita Caylor, alleged May 8 in a court petition that Bill Caylor has physically and emotionally abused her for years. On May 7, she said, her husband approached her table in a restaurant and dragged her by the arm into the parking lot, where he yelled at her until police were called.

The emergency protective order prohibited Bill Caylor from coming near his wife or communicating with her. Lexington police arrested him May 10 when he admitted to violating the order by calling her repeatedly and showing up where she lived to try to talk to her through the door.

In an interview Thursday, Bill Caylor denied being violent with his wife.

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