Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Assault complaint is first against deputy

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A Butler County sheriff's deputy accused of a sex offense in Fairfield has no history of similar allegations, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. Deputy Kirk Kash, 37, has been on paid administrative leave since Friday, shortly after a woman filed a sexual-assault complaint with Fairfield police. The woman said the incident occurred in the Forest Fair Mall parking garage early Friday.

        Mr. Kash was working an off-duty security job for mall businesses, officials said.

        Mr. Kash has been a sheriff's deputy since 1999 and previously served as a corrections officer for the sheriff's office.

        “There's been no previous allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior,” said Butler County Sheriff's Maj. Anthony Dwyer.

        An administrative review of the case is continuing on a parallel track with the Fairfield police investigation, he said.

        As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed in the criminal investigation, said Fairfield Police Lt. Ken Colburn. He declined to answer further questions.

        Records show that Fairfield police impounded Mr. Kash's 2001 Jeep Cherokee.

        The vehicle — with two flat passenger-side tires — was towed for “evidence processing,” a report says.

        The Jeep was towed Friday from Interstate 275 near U.S. 127 and released the next day.

        David Randy Rumpler, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 101, declined to comment, saying, “We've got to let the investigation run its course.”

        Mr. Kash's attorney, Jim Cooney, could not be reached Tuesday for comment.


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