Butler County Times Gazette
  • Despite plea, jailer sentenced to one year

  • Former Butler County Jail Deputy Charles Chaney received a one year sentence for engaging in consensual sexual intercourse with an inmate at the jail on Jan. 14.
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  • Former Butler County Jail Deputy Charles Chaney received a one year sentence for engaging in consensual sexual intercourse with an inmate at the jail on Jan. 14.
    Last week, Chaney's attorney and the Butler County Attorney's Office reached a plea agreement, which was presented to Sheriff Kelly Herzet. It asked for 12 months probation and for Chaney to register as a sex offender for 15 years.
    "I agreed with that at first," said Herzet.
    But he started to have second thoughts as he set in court for the plea hearing.
    "The judge called me to the podium and wanted to know if I had any input," Herzet said. "After sitting through the hearing and I had thought about it over night, I wasn't happy with the probation. We hired Mr. Chaney to do a job here at the jail. He had authority."
    Chaney also had a background in law enforcement.
    "He should have known from going to the [Police] Academy about integrity," Herzet said. "He violated that integrity and that trust."
    Judge Mike Ward sentenced Chaney to one year in jail, and after he is released he will have to register as a sex offender for 15 years.
    Chaney is serving his sentence in Sumner County.
    "I'm happy with that," Herzet said. "When you put on a badge and you get some authority, you have to use common sense, be credible and have integrity. You can't abuse that power. These people out here (in the jail) are all innocent until proven guilty."
    He said it is their duty to keep them safe while they are there.
    Following the incident Chaney was put on administrative leave, then terminated from employment.
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