- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An investigation into the shredding of documents by former Legislative Research Commission Director Robert Sherman remains an active case more than a year after the shredding took place, according to Kentucky State Police.

The KSP probe began in September 2013 after the Louisville newspaper reported that Sherman shredded documents while removing personal belongings from his office following his resignation, The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1CXpLoS) reports.

Sherman acknowledged he shredded documents, but said he was not trying to conceal anything. He said none of the destroyed records were important or related to then-recent sexual harassment allegations made by staff members against former state Rep. John Arnold.

The newspaper report promoted House Speaker Greg Stumbo and House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover to call for the investigation.

State police initially concluded the probe last May, saying it found no wrongdoing.

KSP reopened the case after a Courier-Journal report questioned the thoroughness of the investigation. Records showed that while state police had taken Sherman’s computer as part of the investigation, they never looked at the emails and other records within it, the newspaper reported.

The Courier-Journal recently filed an Open Records Act request to examine the investigation files. The request was denied.

A letter from the state police legal affairs branch said the records would not be released because the investigation “is still open and pending.”

Sgt. Michael Webb, of the state police public affairs branch, said Friday he could not immediately say what sort of investigative activity has taken place since the case was reopened, or say why the investigation has taken so long.

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

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