Franklin Co., Kan., sheriff says he will resign; criminal charges still pending

Facing criminal prosecution for alleged misconduct in office, Franklin County, Kan., Sheriff Jeffry Curry said today he will resign effective April 1.

His attorney, Trey Pettlon, announced Curry’s intention to resign during a scheduled court hearing on a petition filed by the county attorney seeking the sheriff’s ouster from office.

Based on Curry’s intention to resign, prosecutors said today that they would dismiss the ouster petition April 2.

The criminal case against Curry and one of his deputies still is pending, with a preliminary hearing on those charges scheduled for April 1.

Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting announced the charges against Curry and Deputy Jerrod W. Fredricks late last month. The allegations in the criminal case were the basis for the ouster petition, according to Hunting.

Details of the allegations have not been made public.

Both Curry and Fredricks are charged with a felony count of interference with law enforcement. The interference charges allege that they provided false information to a police investigative agency.

Curry is also charged with a misdemeanor count of official misconduct. The misconduct charge alleges that Curry used confidential information to benefit himself or someone else or to intentionally cause harm to someone else.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office is handling the case at Hunting’s request.

Hunting encouraged Curry to resign at the time the charges were filed. He said at that time that the investigation was ongoing.

Curry has been with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department since 1994 and was appointed sheriff in 2010. He was elected to the post last year.

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