Sherrif's Son Indicted On Drug Charges

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The son of an eastern Kentucky sheriff is
awaiting trial after being indicted on federal drug charges.

Hoy Curtis Witten, the son of Johnson County Sheriff Bill
Witten, is accused of selling cocaine and methadone.

Hoy Curtis Witten was arraigned in federal court in Pikeville
last week and has pleaded not guilty.

In a statement, Sheriff Witten says he and his wife are
"devastated" by the indictment against their son. The sheriff
also says they believe their son is innocent.

The indictment was the result of a three-year investigation by
several police agencies, including Kentucky State Police and the

Witten has been released under several conditions including that
he pass drug tests and continue a substance abuse treatment
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by james on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:47 PM
    Bill im sorry to hear about your son. I know you a little bit. Ive never been in any trouble there in Paintsville except in 1993 i got some traffic tickets. Im the younger guy Who talked to you one day in front of the courthouse and ask how i could become a police officer. However I didnt know about this till tonight. Dont give up on your son man. He will always be your son. And as crazy as this may sound you are his daddy and he may just want to be sure you care about him. Prove this with tough love if you have to. You know a daddy can still punish his children after they are 18. But he will know you do things because you care. Furthermore he will come to something called a Realization sooner or later in his life. HE will REALIZE you care. I have found that Knowing isnt much compared to Realizing. I want you to know I care for people like this and hate drugs also. They are ruining the USA.Im a decendant of Sam Houston and hate what drugs have done to my country.I still want to be a co
  • by concerned Location: Paintsville,ky on Aug 11, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    I personally know some of the Sherrif's Deputys in Johnson County. I know from experience that there are some Deputies who are trying to do the job they were hired to do. There is one Deputy in particular who really cares about Paintsville and all of Johnson County. I was near him when he heard a bout Hoy and I heard him say " I hate drugs so bad, they have ruined so many people's lives!" We should not lump all the people who work at the Sherrif's Department together. I know there are good and honest people working there that are trying to protect and serve the very people who are critizing them.
  • by away Location: paintsville,ky on Aug 10, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    You have the first name wrong, but it could not happen to anyone who deserved it more. Hoy had all the advantages anyone could have and he spit in the face of the people who gave him those advantages. What could so many of us have done with the opportunities Hoy had at his disposal just because his Grandfather ( James Witten) made a fortune off the hard work, sweat and pain of a lot of good men. Hoy thought he was untouchable because his Father is the Sherrif of Johnson County. His parents must have a very difficult time holding their heads up as they walk the streets of Paintsville. What a shame.
  • by deb Location: ky on Aug 6, 2008 at 04:30 AM
    Come on people, do you think the sheriff didnt know his own son was dealing the drugs? Wait and see what comes of the arrest! I know people who are serving lots of time for a-lot less drugs! Hoy Whitten isnt any better than the next guy!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2008 at 07:06 PM
    i think you are in eastern ky to.haha, im in eastern ky and proud of it..but im a hill billie..little better then a redneck.i rest my case
  • by j Location: pike on Aug 5, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    He is innocent unitl proven guilty, so is anyone else. How many times have you heard the suspect state(I am not guilty). Guilty or not he will have his day in court.
  • by lincoln co.. on Aug 5, 2008 at 12:53 PM
  • by Larry Location: Pikeville on Aug 5, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    notice everytime something like this happens, its in Eastern Kentucky? Rednecks!!!
  • by R.C. Location: Johnson County on Aug 5, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    I hope the public and news crew doesn't slander the Sheriff and his wife in this.Hoy is a grown man.If this is true,he knew better.It's not like when your under age or even a YOUNGER adult,living at home going to college and your parents are paying your way,he is 35 yrs old.They can't control what he does or does not do.All you can do at this age is offer your help and support and pray.I know first hand that Sheriff Witten and his wife are good,honest people.I know it's the reporters' job to state the facts,and that people are going to make this a bigger deal because it states "Sheriffs Son"..but think about if your child were charged with this at this age,could you have told them or made them do what you said?I don't think so.So don't judge a book by its' cover,it may prove you wrong when you open it.I Know I would be helping my child to get all the rehabilitation that was available,just like them.
  • by A Location: L on Aug 5, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    Ever notice every single time a cop or their family is due in court they claim they are innocent? Yet every single time a civilian they take to jail says that they not only dont believe them but they also expect their word to mean more than the average person just because of a job. Then they seem to only say the same thing the convicted criminals say yet they keep their own out of prison. The system needs a flushing when a sherrifs sons sells narcotics and he doesnt even realise it or worse ignored it.


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