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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Additional Charge Filed Against Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy For Federal Civil Rights Violation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky David J. Hale and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Jocelyn Samuels announced that Steven Molen, a Sheriff’s Deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on one count of violating the civil rights of a victim by using excessive force in August 2008.

The indictment alleges that on August 24, 2008, in Russell County, Kentucky, located in the Western District of Kentucky, Molen, age 48, assaulted a victim identified in the indictment as “C.F.,” resulting in bodily injury.

On June 27, 2013, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Kentucky indicted Molen on two other counts of violating the civil rights of different victims by using excessive force in 2009 and 2011.

The investigation was conducted by the Louisville division of the FBI. The cases against Molen will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Judd from the Western District of Kentucky, Assistant United States Attorneys Pat Molloy and Ron Walker from the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Trial Attorney Ali Ahmad from the Civil Rights Division.

The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation
only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless
proven guilty.