UPDATE: Ex-social worker found guilty of filing false abuse claims

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – A former Kentucky state social worker has been convicted of filing false child abuse complaints against two people in Grayson County.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/2qz2Xxt ) a jury convicted 40-year-old Beth Bond on four counts of official misconduct and four counts of falsely reporting an incident Monday. She was sentenced to one year in jail and fined $300.

The false complaints began in 2014 and were levied against a close friend’s husband and a pastor at her church. The friend, Shawna Beauchamp, says allegations included violence, drug abuse and sexual abuse. She said Bond offered to check confidential records to find the complainant’s identity.

Bond didn’t offer an explanation during the trial. She pleaded guilty to similar charges in Hardin County last year, receiving a 12-month suspended sentence.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com


5-18-16 12:26 p.m.

Former social worker admits to false child-abuse calls

A former Hardin County social worker has admitted to making false child-abuse reports against two of her neighbors to the state agency that employed her.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1NyjtUE) court records show Beth Bond pleaded guilty May 13 to six counts of complicity to falsely report an incident. She received a 12-month suspended sentence.

April Rogers and Corey Chaney said police and social workers were sent to their Elizabethtown apartment numerous times in 2015 after receiving false tips that the two of them were abusing their infant child.

The complaints ended after Bond and her then-fiance, Joseph Applegate Jr., were charged, and Bond quit her job with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Applegate also pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to falsely report an incident.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com


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