UPDATED 10:30 PM -- The former Simpson County Sheriff Chris Cline is facing 41 counts of felony drug charges after being indicted earlier this week by a Warren County Grand Jury. Those charges were for obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud false statement or forgery. According to court documents, those counts span from December 2011 to December of 2013.
Cline resigned as Simpson County Sheriff at the end of last year citing medical reasons, something his attorney says plays a role in these charges, saying Cline has had several serious injuries throughout the past few years.
"He didn't get this medication to sell it, or to give it away to someone. He has been taking it as it has been medically necessary. I'm hoping the public doesn't rush to judgment about what's going on here, because it's not what it may appear to alot of people," said Cline's Attorney Alan Simpson.
"We've previously prosecuted law enforcement officials here in Warren County during my tenure. As far as health problems go, in many cases defendants have health issues that arise, but having having health issues does not in any way give anybody a license to break the law," said Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron.
Cline was also charged with one count of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, for allegedly using his sheriff's vehicle to obtain the drugs in Dec. 2013. If convicted of all 41 class D felony drug charges, Cohron says the maximum Cline could face would be a 20-year sentence.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Warren County Grand Jury indicts a former Simpson County Sheriff.
Ex-Sheriff Chris Cline's attorney, Alan Simpson, says he hasn't seen the actual indictment yet, but says the allegations in it come from Cline getting pain medication for his physical condition.
Simpson said Cline has significant medical problems and he says they're all related to injuries Cline got while serving in law enforcement.
Cline resigned at the end of 2013 for medical reasons.