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June 27, 2013

Deputy indicted in U.S. Court

Somerset —

An FBI investigation has led to the federal indictment of a Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputy.
The Department of Justice announced Thursday that Dep. Steve Molen was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of violating the civil rights of victims by using excessive force.
The first count stems from an Oct. 2, 200  incident in which Molen is accused of assaulting Danny Whitaker, the owner of a local towing service, resulting in bodily injury. 
Whitaker filed a civil suit against Molen after incident occurred, claiming that Molen had brutally beaten him during a traffic stop. 
That lawsuit, filed in 2010, was resolved and dismissed in federal court in early 2011.
“I’m a little dumfounded,” Whitaker said last night. “I don’t know much about it, but I’m glad to hear it.
“I’m hoping for justice, but I’ve been raised up and let down so much, I’ll believe it when I see it,” Whitaker added.
The second count alleges that on Oct. 7, 2011, Molen assaulted Gordon Cowan, also resulting in bodily injury.
Cowan declined comment on the case last night.
Both indictments state that Molen was acting “under color of law” as a deputy with the sheriff’s department when the two alleged incidents took place. 
If Molen is convicted of these charges, he will face a maximum of 10 years of imprisonment for each count.
An order for issuance of summons filed Thursday said Molen will appear in U.S. District Court in London, Ky., on July 11.
The indictments state that Molen “willfully deprived (the victims) of the right, secured and protected by the Constitution of the United States, to be secure in his person against unreasonable seizures, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a person acting under color of law.” 

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