A former employee of the Jessamine County Detention Center has been charged with stealing money belonging to the detention center and forging notices of jail credit.
Brian Shearer, 35, 105 1/2 Cottage St., was indicted by a Jessamine County grand jury in December on 20 charges of theft by unlawful taking, value less than $500; four counts of theft by unlawful taking, value more than $500; and 15 counts of second-degree forgery, according to documents filed Dec. 9 in the Jessamine Circuit Clerk office. The thefts allegedly occurred “on or about” July 20 through Nov. 25, 2011, and the forgeries allegedly occurred according to the records.
Jessamine County Jailer Jon Sallee said the jail staff received a tip-off of possible suspicious activity in November. The jail then performed an internal investigation that took about a week and found enough probable cause to charge Shearer, Sallee said. After the initial investigation the case was turned over to the Kentucky State Police. Shearer allegedly took about $7,000, Sallee said. While the investigation was ongoing, Shearer was placed on administrative leave without pay, but has since resigned, Sallee said.