Warrant issued for Lexington lawyer after failing to appear in court

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A warrant has been issued for a Lexington attorney, who was just arrested last month, after he failed to show up to a preliminary hearing Monday morning.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for John Scott Benton at 8:30 Monday morning in Fayette County District Court. But after he failed to show up over the course of an hour, a judge issued a bench warrant for Benton's arrest.

Police first arrested him in September, after an eyewitness tip lead officers to find two stolen statues worth $25,000 each inside of his apartment. The two bronze statues were reported stolen from the art gallery in Versailles near the end of July.

Benton was charged with receiving stolen property. He was released from jail about three hours after he was booked on September 23rd. He did show up to his arraignment the following day.

In addition to Benton's receiving stolen property charge, he will now likely face additional punishment for failing to appear in court.

According to their website, Benton still has an active membership with the Kentucky Bar Association.

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