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Tony Satterly indicted on 10 counts of prescription fraud

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By Jennifer Corbett

A Nelson County grand jury indicted former Bardstown Police Officer Tony Satterly Wednesday on 10 counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

On or about July 29, 2013, through Jan. 14, Satterly, 45, of Bardstown, unlawfully obtained oxycodone and hydrocodone by misrepresenting or withholding information from a practitioner, according to the indictment.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.

“Mr. Satterly has cooperated with (Kentucky) state police in the investigation,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry Geoghegan said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.

Satterly’s lawyer, Keith Sparks, released a statement to The Kentucky Standard Wednesday afternoon.

“We knew from speaking with the state troopers that they were going to present the case today,” Sparks said. “Everyone needs to understand that grand juries don’t determine guilt or innocence. They only hear one side of the case and then decide whether there is enough evidence to charge a person with an offense. They don’t have the benefit of the accused’s explanation, or of facts which may prove that no crime was committed. Many people are indicted who are subsequently found not guilty by a jury that hears the whole story.”

According to the statement, Satterly was legally prescribed pain pills for two injuries he received on the job.

“Tony became dependant on the medication to help control his pain,” the statement read. “These prescriptions are highly addictive. His addiction is no different than what Brett Favre, Rush Limbaugh and countless others have experienced. Tony admitted his problem and voluntarily sought help earlier this year. He doesn’t believe he ever misrepresented anything to his doctors. He certainly denies that he obtained medication by fraud, as has been alleged. Right now, we are looking forward to seeing the evidence and discussing the case with the Commonwealth. Hopefully, everyone will look at the totality of circumstances involved and we can reach a quick and fair resolution.”

A woman, Christy G. Morris, was also indicted in connection with the Satterly case.

Geoghegan said Morris, 33, of Bardstown, was indicted on two counts of forgery of a prescription.

According to her indictment, on or about Aug. 1 and Oct. 30, Morris falsely made or completed a written instrument, which was a prescription for a controlled substance.

“It ties into the Satterly case,” Geoghegan said.

Geoghegan also emphasized that Satterly’s case has nothing to do with the Jason Ellis investigation.

A bond for Satterly and Morris will be set at their arraignment April 3.

Satterly resigned from the Bardstown Police Department earlier this month, saying he did not want to damage the police department’s image.

Satterly was placed on administrative suspension without pay on Jan. 24, according to records obtained by the Standard from the department through an open records request.

A letter from Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin stated that Satterly was being placed on suspension and could not exercise any law enforcement duties until further notice and required him to turn in his weapon and credentials.

As soon as word got out about Satterly’s administrative suspension, rumors ran rampant throughout the county and beyond; with some speculating that the case had ties to the investigation of the May 25 murder of Jason Ellis.

He had been with the department since February 1998 and no previous disciplinary measures had been taken against him.

Satterly was named Bardstown Police’s 2009 Officer of the Year by his fellow officers. He was recognized for carrying a man trapped in a burning building on Dec. 12, 2009.

Prior to the Bardstown Police Department, Satterly worked two years with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.