- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

SCIENCE HILL, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted Science Hill’s police chief on several charges involving theft and abuse of public trust.

Robbie Gossett turned himself in to authorities Thursday after being indicted on two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property and two counts of abuse of public trust, multiple media outlets reported.

According to the indictment, Gossett obtained funds and property belonging to the city and failed to make the required disposition of them. The charges stem from incidents in 2008 and 2009 and involve totals of at least $10,000.

Gossett’s attorney, Scott Foster says the charges against his client don’t make sense, calling him an honest man and the “pillar” of the Science Hill community.

“He is absolutely innocent,” Foster said. “Naturally, he denies he did anything wrong, and right now we will work on clearing his name.”

He said he was unsure as to whether the charges were connected with Gossett’s work as police chief or if they stemmed from Gossett’s work with the city, being a part of the water board or sewer board.

Science Hill Mayor Bill Dick said he has no comment, and that the city will let the situation play out in the courts.

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