Fired detention center officer to get job back

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The city of Lexington will have to give a fired Fayette County Detention Center officer his job back and pay him back wages.

According to the Herald-Leader newspaper, the city could end up owing John Lowe as much as $600,000 in back pay, plus interest.

This is after the state Supreme Court declined to review a Fayette Circuit Court judgement that reinstated Lowe and ordered the city to pay him back wages and benefits. Lowe was fired by the city in 2017.

Lowe was charged in 2014 with sodomy and sexual abuse. He entered an Alford plea. An Alford plea is when someone does not admit guilt, but does admit there is sufficient evidence for a jury to find them guilty.

Lowe filed a lawsuit to get his job back saying he was fired without a disciplinary hearing, which violates the city’s collective bargaining agreement with jail officers.

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