Prosecutor Statement on Pat Kelly Indictment

From:

Keller J. Blackburn, Athens County Prosecuting Attorney FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 31, 2014

As previously reported, the Athens County Prosecutor, Keller J. Blackburn, requested that the Attorney General’s Office conduct an investigation into several matters, including the disposal of county records, a state audit finding, and other allegations. During the investigation, BCI and the Attorney General’s Office requested extended authority due to additional allegations and criminal conduct that was discovered throughout the process. Today, a jury of his peers indicted Pat Kelly for felony and misdemeanor conduct related to his office. While the Prosecutor’s Office will not comment on the facts of the indictment, we respect the grand jury process and the individuals involved throughout this yearlong investigation. Every indicted individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty and this case is no different. Prosecutor Blackburn states, “The citizens of Athens County can rest assured that the wheels of justice are continuing to move and criminal defendants are being held accountable. The Office of County Prosecutor will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that justice prevails. The cloud of allegations have now resulted in formal charges, it is time for the rest of Athens County to move forward from these illegalities and heal the reputation of law enforcement. The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office will not be involved in the prosecution of Kelly and will continue to assist only if requested by the Attorney General’s Office. This office has maintained independence from the investigation and will not comment publically regarding Pat Kelly until the conclusion of the criminal matter.”

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