Breathitt Co. Supt. arrested on multiple charges

By: Paige Quiggins
By: Paige Quiggins

Several individuals who did not want to go on camera said they saw authorities lead Breathitt county superintendent arch turner out of his office in handcuffs.

The 3-count indictment charges the Breathitt County School Superintendent with obstruction of justice, conspiracy to buy votes and making false statements to a federal agent.

The indictment claims Arch Turner conspired with others to buy votes in the November 2010 general election.

The indictment further claims the 65-year-old lied to a federal agent in October of 2010 about money he allegedly gave candidates in the May primary election earlier that year.

He is also accused of trying to persuade someone during a federal investigation not to report the alleged vote buying incident.

The arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

School Board and local election officials declined comment. Turner's arraignment date has not been set. If convicted, he could face up to 20-years in prison.

Several people told me they were shocked to hear the news. Some said Turner was a "good guy" and they don't believe he is guilty. We tried to contact Turner regarding the charges but he did not return our phone calls. Officials said more people could be charged in this investigation.

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