Police: Social Worker Uses Child As 'Bargaining Tool' For Drugs

Reported by: Paris Lewbel
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Updated: 7/30 8:34 am
A Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services social worker was arrested Tuesday on accusations that he used his position to get drugs.

Chad Buckley, 39, was arrested in Lexington and charged with official misconduct, bribery of a public servant and conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance, according to court documents,

According to the arrest citation, Buckley conspired with another person to buy four Oxycontin tablets. When Buckley showed up, he paid for the pills and agrees to an in-home visit with the witness’ child.

According to court documents, Buckley is the child’s social worker.

According to police, Buckley used the witness' child as "a bargaining tool for visits and other acts relating to his office."

Court documents also said Buckley agreed to pay the witness $25 per pill but only ended up giving $30 in cash and a $25 gas card.

Buckley was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center and scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

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