- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury has charged that the former chairman of the Knox County school board gave false information to try to win back the seat.

News outlets report that the grand jury has indicted 59-year-old Dexter Smith on one charge of second-degree perjury.

According to the indictment released Monday, Smith quit the Knox County school board in April as state police investigated whether he had someone else take the GED test for him in order to qualify for office. He filed on Aug. 9 to run for his old seat.

Smith was required to make a sworn statement that he had the proper educational qualifications. The grand jury said Smith gave a false statement about his level of education.

Smith will be arraigned Tuesday. His attorney, David S. Hoskins, says he will plead not guilty.


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