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Lincoln deputy indicted on federal charges; crimes allegedly occurred when officer worked for Rockcastle Co.

By Bobbie Curd
bobbie.curd@centralkynews.com

A Lincoln County deputy has been federally indicted on charges relating to an arrest he made while he was working with the Rockcastle County Sherrif’s Office.

Brandon McIntosh was hired as a Lincoln deputy a year ago, Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger said. The event alleged within the indictment — returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in London — happened on Nov. 6, 2016.

McIntosh allegedly used excessive force with someone he arrested — a person identified as P.D. — and then attempted to obstruct the investigation into the allged incident, according to filings with the U.S. Eastern District Court.

“I’m not going to comment on it until the investigation is completed; it’s a federal indictment,” Sheriff Folger said Friday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation into McIntosh, and said the matter was within its jurisdiction specifically because McIntosh “completed an official use of force report documenting the incident involving P.D.,” in which he “falsely wrote” about the incident.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is charged with the duty to investigate allegations of any violation of all civil rights laws,” said Allen Love, the law enforcement coordinator and community relations section supervisor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kentucky’s Eastern District.

“It occured supposedly when he was at Rockcastle. He was still with Rockcastle when he came to me in June of 2017,” Folger said.

McIntosh has been suspended without pay due to the indictment, he said.

Folger said he was not aware of the charges pending against McIntosh when he was hired. “I had no clue,” he said.

Aside from being accused of falsifying a report, McIntosh is accused of assaulting P.D. “using a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury.”

When asked what the next move is for Folger, on whether McIntosh will lose his job or not, Folger said, “I’ll wait. He’s a very good unit,” and confirmed McIntosh is one of the county’s dog units and just returned from further training.

“This was a big surprise to me,” Folger said.

If convicted, Dep. McIntosh could receive up to 10 years in prison on the first count, which is a civl rights charge; and up to 20 years on the second count, an obstruction charge.

According to the Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney Hydee Hawkins and Mary J. Hahn, a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division, are prosecuting the case. Chisty Love is the attorney for McIntosh, according to court documents.