Social services clinician accused of using child as bargaining chip to buy drugs

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A social services clinician pleaded not-guilty to several charges after police say he used a child as a bargaining chip to buy prescription drugs from the child's parent.

Buckley was arrested at 6:40 Tuesday night and is charged with conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, first degree official misconduct, and bribery of a public servant.

According to court documents, social services clinician Chad Buckley, 39, made an agreement with the parent of a child he was assigned to buy Oxycontin pills for cash and visits with the child.

Documents say the original offer was four pills at $25 per pill, but Buckley only paid $30 cash, a $25 gas card, and an in-home visit with the child.

At his arraignment Wednesday, Buckley's attorney entered a not-guilty plea. Buckley was released from jail on bond Wednesday afternoon.

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