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Guilty Plea Entered in Carter Circuit Court

Date of News Release: 09/16/2014

Matthew Morrison

(Ashland, Ky.) - On Tuesday September 16, 2014 Matthew Morrison entered a Guilty Plea in Carter Circuit Court.

Sodomy 1st Degree - Amended to Official Misconduct (12 months jail)
Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree - Amended to Tampering with Physical Evidence (5 years jail)
Official Misconduct (12 months jail)

Sentences to run concurrent with Morrison being on supervised probation for 5 years.

As part of the agreement Morrison also agreed not to seek nor accept employment with any law enforcement agency again.

"Due to Morrison violating the integrity of the position of peace officer, it was a primary concern for the Kentucky State Police to ensure he never held any law enforcement position in the future." Captain James Stephens, Commander Post 14.

Original News Release Below:


Felony Arrest of Former Carter County Deputy

Date of News Release: 03/21/2014

(Ashland, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police have arrested a Former Carter County Sheriff's Office Deputy after conducting an investigation into criminal acts being committed by Deputy Matthew Morrison while he was employed with the Sheriff's Department.

On February 14, 2014 The Kentucky State Police received a report alleging Morrison had neglected to serve an arrest warrant in exchange for sexual favors. An investigation began and it was determined additional criminal acts had also been conducted by Morrison while acting in his official capacity as a Deputy with the Carter County Sheriff's Office.

During the course of the investigation evidence substantiated the original allegation in which Morrison neglected to serve an arrest warrant and received sexual favors. It was also revealed Morrison had engaged in several illegal transactions involving controlled substances (pills).

(Morrison had been terminated from the Carter County Sheriff's Department prior to the initiation of the investigation.)

On March 21, 2014 Matthew Morrison, age 38, of Grayson KY, was arrested lodged in the Carter County Detention Center and charged with:

  • Sodomy 1st Degree
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree
  • Official Misconduct