Saturday, February 27, 1999

Kenton deputy indicted on theft charge

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A former Kenton County Jail deputy was indicted Friday for allegedly taking money someone paid him to get out of jail.

        Matthew Walden now faces a charge of theft by unlawful taking, a felony. He had been with the jail for eight years and was a sergeant.

        Mr. Walden allegedly took $504 in bond money that had been paid to secure someone's release from the jail. The missing money was discovered when it did not accompany the proper court paperwork.

        Mr. Walden resigned Jan. 26, after the jail's current administration learned of the allegations and asked that an investigation be started.

        He is the son of Judy Walden, a former Kenton County chief deputy sheriff who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 1993. She was fired from her job that year by then-Sheriff Bill Steenken after she filed to run for his job.

        Mr. Walden will be arraigned March 8 before Kenton Circuit Judge Steven Jaeger. Because Mr. Walden is known around the county building, the case is being handled by a special prosecutor, Jack Keith, commonwealth attorney from Harrison County.

        Mr. Walden was the second deputy jailer in Northern Kentucky to be busted for theft this week. Former Boone County deputy Brett Ferguson was arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking three guns from the jail and selling at least one of them.


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