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Kentucky State Police Arrest McCracken County Jailer

Date of News Release: 12/27/2017

PADUCAH, Ky. (December 22, 2017) – Kentucky State Police have arrested McCracken County Jailer Tonya D. Ray, age 43, of Paducah, Kentucky.

The Kentucky State Police began investigating the truthfulness of testimony given by Jailer Ray in a McCracken County case involving former Deputy Jailer Ben Green. In October, 2017, Jailer Ray testified in a McCracken District Court hearing in the case of Commonwealth vs. Ben Green. Immediately following Jailer Ray’s testimony, the pending criminal charges against former Deputy Green were dismissed.

On Friday morning, the results of KSP’s investigation were presented to a McCracken County Grand Jury, and the grand jury returned an indictment on Ms. Ray.

Tonya Ray was arrested at 12:56 p.m. and charged with First Degree Perjury. She was lodged in the Christian County Jail.

The case will be prosecuted by Christian County Commonwealth Attorney Lynn Pryor, who was appointed as special prosecutor by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Cory Hamby. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

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