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Bardstown Police release statement on Satterly investigation

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By Jennifer Corbett

The Bardstown Police Department has released a statement via its Facebook page addressing rumors surrounding the investigation of Officer Tony Satterly.

"Yes, there is an investigation on one of our officers that has nothing to do with any cases in Nelson County, or the (Jason) Ellis case," the statement read. "No one is in custody, not the officer, not any officer, not any command staff. No, the FBI is not involved. This investigation is an internal investigation that will be handled as such and though many bored people in our community have formulated uneducated guesses, assumptions, and fictional stories, nothing you are hearing, and sadly continuing to spread, is true. Let the investigation run its course as in all investigations and you will see how foolish these innuendos will play out." 

Satterly's lawyer, Keith Sparks, also released a statement on Satterly's behalf Wednesday morning.

"Tony is aware of the investigation and has been cooperating for several weeks," the statement read. "He has been honest and has nothing to hide. The internet gossip is completely off base. This is primarily an investigation into a personal matter. Tony has been a loyal officer for the City of Bardstown for 16 years. He has the support of many on the force and even more throughout the community. He is hopeful that a careful review will show that he has done nothing illegal. He asks that everyone withhold judgment and allow the process to run its course. Please respect his family’s privacy."

Satterly has been placed on administrative leave with "no police powers," according to Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles.

Sheckles said he could not release any details of the investigation.

"Kentucky State Police is handling the investigation," he said. "I have no further comment at this time."

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory, a spokesman for Post 4 in Elizabethtown, confirmed that there is an investigation.

"We do have an open investigation that involves (Officer Satterly)," Gregory said.

But the investigation is being handled out of KSP's Drug Enforcement/Special Investigation Unit, which is located in Bowling Green, Gregory said.

Satterly has been with the Bardstown Police Department since 1998. He was named Officer of the Year in 2009.