Scott County Coroner John Goble is now facing a perjury charge in addition to six other counts after a Scott County grand jury issued its report Thursday.
Goble was slated to stand trial starting Oct. 14, but will be arraigned in court Monday on the new charge. The grand jury report included the previous charges of two counts each of receiving stolen property and official misconduct, and single counts of theft and possession of a controlled substance, first degree, oxycodone.
The perjury charge is an added count, Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts said. To keep all the charges together, the grand jury issued the report including the previous charges. Goble’s attorney, Fred Peters, was not available for comment.
Goble and two codefendants, Michael Crawford and Robert Harris, face various charges after a Kentucky State Police investigation. The grand jury on Thursday also reported superseding indictments against Crawford, a former KSP captain and colonel, on two counts of receiving stolen property. Harris, a KSP master trooper, is facing two charges of forgery and two charges of theft.
All the charges resulted from 2018 indictments after a KSP investigation into ammunition and guns found missing from the KSP Supply Branch, along with charges that Goble used a county vehicle to transport donor eyes from the Kentucky Eye Bank to West Virginia for personal profit. Officials from the eye bank say Goble delivered the eyes in a critical situation when other delivery methods were unavailable.
Harris and Crawford were scheduled to have an evidentiary hearing on Sept. 16 when a trial is scheduled to be set for those two. All three are also scheduled to be in court Monday for status hearings as well.
Goble’s previous indictments allege the following:
— Count One: During a period between 2013 and 2017 Goble received stolen property from Robert M. Harris, a KSP officer, large quantities of ammunition, having a value of more than $10,000 and less than $1 million, when he had reason to believe Harris obtained the items illegally and the items were property of the KSP. This is a Class C felony.
— Count Two: On or about January 2017, Goble knowingly received stolen property from Harris, three M1A rifles and 10 Remington 870 shotguns, when he had reason to believe Harris had illegally obtained these items, which were the property of the KSP. This is a Class D felony.
— Count Three: During a period between 2016 and 2018, Goble committed the offense of Abuse of Public Trust by authorizing monthly payments of public money to Nathan Morris, as a deputy coroner, knowing Morris did not perform any services of a deputy coroner. This is a Class D felony.
— Count Four: On or about the first week of May 2017, Goble unlawfully possessed 90 Oxycodone tablets, which is a schedule II narcotic drug. This is possession of a controlled substance first degree. This is a Class D felony.
— Count Five: During 2017 Goble transported moonshine, an illegal alcoholic liquid in a vehicle owned by the county government. This is a Class A misdemeanor.
— Count Six: On or about Nov. 15, 2017, Goble used a county vehicle to transport donor eyes from the Kentucky Eye Bank to West Virginia for personal profit. This is a Class A misdemeanor.
An indictment means a grand jury has been presented with sufficient evidence to hold a defendant for trial. It is not, in and of itself, a conviction.
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