By Stephan Johnson
JEFFERSONVILLE (WDRB Fox 41) - A former Jeffersonville Police detective is accused of using his position to tip off a suspected drug dealer and get sexual favors from a 19-year-old woman.
Thursday, Fox 41 News reported exclusively the case was actually uncovered by the FBI. It happened while the feds were conducting a narcotics investigation. Agents intercepted a cell phone call between then Detective Shawn Kennedy and a suspected drug dealer.
According to Clark County Court documents, Kennedy was a busy man during his last several months on the job. Jeffersonville police won't comment on the case but the documents indicate Kennedy not only shared information with the suspected dealer but was familiar with the man. Here's part of a conversation intercepted by the feds and obtained by Fox 41 News.
Kennedy: "Yeah, what's up, man?"
Suspected drug dealer:"Nothing, everything cool?"
Kennedy:"Yeah, everything real cool, man. Everything went exactly as you wanted it to go. Nobody knows anything."
Suspected drug dealer:"Hey, a black Ford Fusion...real dark tinted windows."
Kennedy:"Yeah, ah, don't want to say anything on the phone, man. Yeah, I got info on that."
And the wire tap is only part of what would eventually lead to Kennedy's resignation. According to documents he was also helping a 19-year-old woman in exchange for sexual favors. The woman later took a lie detector test and was asked three specific questions.
- Did Shawn Kennedy indicate that you owed him sexual favors?
- Did (he) expose his (private parts) to have you watch him masturbate?
- Did Shawn Kennedy use physical force to have (intercourse) with you?
The woman answered yes to all three questions and the person administering the test found her to be believable.
"It's the city's intent to abide by the settlement agreement which is that we will make no comment as it relates to the underlying allegations that are in those documents," says Larry Wilder, Jeffersonville City attorney.
Wilder says part of the settlement is that the city won't comment on the case, but Kennedy recently filed for unemployment benefits and alleges he was forced to sign a letter of resignation by his attorney and Wilder. We asked Wilder if that was true and he responded, "I have not seen Mr. Kennedy for months. And certainly during the time that this situation was going on I did not have the occasion or opportunity to every see Mr. Kennedy and have not discussed this matter or any of these issues with him."
Right now, Kennedy is not facing criminal charges. However, he is scheduled to be back in court next week for a hearing regarding his unemployment benefits.