- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police have reopened an investigation into documents that were shredded by former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1iqhZ9V) reports police made the decision after the newspaper reported last week that investigators seized Sherman’s computer during the probe but never examined its contents. Police said in May that they had finished the investigation and found no evidence that any laws were violated.

State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb told the newspaper that reopening the case and examining the computer files “will either reinforce that there’s nothing on the computer, or it will find something of importance.”

Webb said on Wednesday that the state police initially re-opened the case because a computer glitch that left some summaries of witness interviews out of the case file.

“Supervision within that section (Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations) decided that while the case is open, we might as well go ahead and look at the computer. It can’t hurt,’ Webb said.

The documents were shredded last September, two days after Sherman resigned. His departure came after his office investigated sexual harassment complaints against a former state lawmaker.

Sherman did not return a phone call seeking comment.

He has acknowledged that he shredded documents while cleaning out his office after his resignation, but said they weren’t valuable or related to the harassment investigation.


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



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