Charges against former officer dismissed

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By Molly Haines

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Charges of first-degree rape and incest against a suspended Owenton police officer were dismissed last week in Russell County Circuit Court.
Rufus Shearer Jr., 60, was arrested at the Owenton Police Department May 26, 2016, after he turned himself in to Owenton Police. Kentucky State Police later arrested Shearer on the charges of first-degree rape and incest.
“He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser,” Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said last year.

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