Molen’s attorney, Patrick F. Nash, stated in a published report he’s confident Molen will be cleared of the charges.
Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said Thursday night that Molen will continue his duties while under indictment and gave his embattled deputy a vote of confidence.
“I support every one of the men and women who work within the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office ... and I support Dep. Molen,” Wood said. “These people do a tremendous job, protecting our community in a very dangerous job — in a time where more and more law enforcement officers are being killed.
“That being said, I respect the U.S. Attorney’s Office and I respect this process,” Wood added. “We do not take these matters lightly.”
Wood said he felt Molen did nothing wrong.
“When the facts of the case are presented, I’m confident Dep. Molen will be acquitted,” the sheriff said. “Right now I am praying for Dep. Molen and his family. I know these are stressful times for them ... I stand behind him.”
When asked about the case against Molen, both Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield and Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock declined comment.
“It would be up to (Wood) to determine Dep. Molen’s employment status, depending on the outcome of the trial,” said Hatfield.
Bullock declined to comment as well, stating that he would need to speak to Hatfield and Wood before making a statement.
“I’d rather not say anything until I find out more about it,” Bullock said.
Molen has been a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department since 2005, and Wood has praised him in recent years for leading the department in drunk-driving arrests.
When asked whether any additional indictments were expected, a spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Justice declined comment. She also declined to comment on how long the FBI looked into the alleged incidents before the indictment was handed down on Thursday.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Pat Molloy and Ron Walker of the Eastern District of Kentucky and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Ali Ahmad.