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January 31, 2014

Former Shelter director charged in plot

Somerset —

The former Pulaski County Animal Shelter director has been swept up in an alleged May 2013 plot to steal current interim director Charlotte Bray’s recording device. 
Darren Wesley, 40, has been charged with one count of complicity to tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony, according to documents filed last week by a prosecutor with Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.
“ ... On or between May 30, 2013, and May 31, 2013, in Pulaski County ... Darren R. Wesley, acting along or in complicity with one or more others, committed the offense of tampering with physical evidence, when believing that an official proceeding was pending or may be instituted, he took a digital recorder belonging to Charlotte Bray, with the intent to impair its verity or availability in the official proceeding,” states the document filed by Special Prosecutor Jeffrey R. Prather.
The charge, filed Jan. 24, is an information charge, which means it was entered as a criminal charge without an indictment as handed down by a grand jury. Wesley, who has only been formally charged and not arrested in the case, waived his rights to go before a grand jury, which means the case is proceeding directly to Pulaski Circuit Court. 
Bray, the alleged victim, had been the secretary at the shelter when her recorder was allegedly taken. She took over as interim director in December after Wesley’s resignation. Bray currently has a discrimination complaint pending with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which was filed in early 2013, against the county. 
Bray, who is being represented by local defense attorney Robert Norfleet, transferred to the animal shelter in 2011 after working at the Pulaski County Detention Center. 
Wesley resigned from his position as the animal shelter director in mid-December after an approximate 9-year tenure there. According to information provided by county officials, Wesley was hired to work at the shelter in December 2004. He had worked as director of the shelter for at least two years before his resignation in December 2013. 

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