Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Violations
|U.S. Department of Justice June 27, 2013|
WASHINGTON, DC—United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry B. Harvey and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez announced today that Stephen Molen, a sheriff’s deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of violating the civil rights of victims by using excessive force in October 2009 and October 2011.
Count one of the indictment alleges that on October 2, 2009, Molen assaulted a victim identified in the indictment as “D.W.,” resulting in bodily injury. Count two of the indictment alleges that on October 7, 2011, Molen assaulted a victim identified in the indictment as “G.C.,” resulting in bodily injury.
If Molen is convicted of these charges, he will face a maximum punishment of 10 years of imprisonment for each count.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Pat Molloy and Ron Walker of the Eastern District of Kentucky and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Ali Ahmad.
The charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.