Malfeasance charge against Kentucky jailer dropped

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CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) – A misdemeanor criminal charge against a former Kentucky jailer has been dismissed.

The Independent reports court paperwork shows the malfeasance charge against former Boyd County Jailer Joe Burchett was dropped January 11 after former members of the Fiscal Court did not oppose the move considering that Burchett resigned from office.

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The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. Burchett was indicted by a grand jury last year after several incidents at the county detention center that included inmate escapes. The indictment said Burchett willfully neglected the discharge of his official duties. He pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence.

Burchett resigned in December following two inmate deaths over a four-day period.