Politics
11:23 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ethics Trial of Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Set for Tuesday

Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold has been accused of sexually harassing female staffers.
Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

The ethics trial involving a former Union County lawmaker accused of sexually harassing female state employees will begin Tuesday. 

Three of the women who brought formal ethics complaints against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, are expected to testify at Tuesday’s adjudicatory hearing that will determine whether or not Arnold violated state ethics laws. 

Thomas Clay is an attorney for the women, and he expects the proceedings to go by the numbers. 

“Well I think it’s going to be a typical administrative hearing," the attorney said. "I think they’ll call witnesses. They’ll be subject to direct examination and cross examination, and then the commission will deliberate and make a decision, and hopefully the process will play out.” 

Calls to Arnold’s Bowling Green attorney, Steve Downey, were not returned. Downey has informed Kentucky Public Radio in the past that Arnold will likely not appear at any hearing due to what he says are Arnold’s declining mental and physical health. 

Arnold has denied the charges.