Ky. House Candidate Faces Charge, Urged To End Bid
The chairman of Kentucky’s Republican Party has called on a Democratic state House candidate to withdraw from the race after the candidate was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of failing to promptly report suspected sexual abuse of a child.
John Wayne Smith was one of six current or former officials at the Bluegrass Challenge Academy indicted on the charge of not reporting the matter as soon as possible, according to an indictment. It said the charge stems from the case of a 44-year-old man charged with sexually abusing three students at the academy at Fort Knox.
Smith is challenging Republican Rep. Michael Meredith in western Kentucky. Smith’s campaign website says he was director of the Bluegrass Challenge Academy from 2003 to 2013.
Calls by The Associated Press to Smith weren’t returned.