Former Simpson County Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Former Simpson County Sheriff Chris Cline has pleaded not guilty to several drug related charges.

On Monday, the former law enforcement official said he wasn't guilty of fraud and getting controlled substances in Warren and Simpson Counties.

Cline's attorney Alan Simpson the commonwealth is saying he was doctor shopping.

However, Simpson said that isn't the case.

"As I've tried to point out in previous commentary, Chris Cline has significant medical problems. Chris Cline was taking this medicine because he needed it," said Simpson.

Prosecutors told WBKO, just because you have health issues doesn't give you a license to break the law.

If Cline is convicted of all 41 class-d felony drug charges, Commonwealth Attorney Chris Cohron says the maximum sentence he could face would be 20 years.

The pre-trial hearing is set for April 14th.

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