Lexington Police Officer Involved in Teen Referee Harassment Resigns

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 6/26 6:13 pm
The Lexington Police officer, who pleaded guilty in the harassment of a teen referee, has resigned from the police force. 

Keith Spears resigned effective June 30th.

He blames a physical disability in a letter which was sent to Mayor Jim Gray and Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin Thursday morning.

In the letter, Spears said he doesn’t want to put the police department or himself under any more public scrutiny.
He said he still plans to collect disability which he’s already applied for.

In January, Spears pleaded guilty to harassment with no contact after a confrontation with a 13-year-old referee at a youth soccer game in Scott County.

He was originally charged with harassment with physical contact.

Spears has been on unpaid leave.

In his letter, Spears said he realized he would not be physically able to return to work regardless of what happens during his hearing process.

His letter comes just days before the Urban County Council’s scheduled disciplinary hearing against Spears.

If the city fired Spears at the June 30th hearing, he would not be eligible for the disability pension.

An attorney for the city responded with another letter accepting Spear’s resignation but said his eligibility for disability will have to be addressed by the pension board.

The Urban County Council hearing has been cancelled because of Spear’s resignation.
 
The Police and Fire Pension Board will meet in August.

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