Former Providence PD Officer in Custody

A former officer with the Providence Police Department in Webster County, Kentucky was arrested Monday and is currently in federal custody.

William Dukes, Jr., 42, of Greenville, Kentucky was charged by federal grand jury indictment, with two counts of willfully depriving an arrestee of his constitutional rights under colors of law, and one count of falsifying a document, announced by the Justice Department and John E. Kuhn, Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

We are told that count one of the indictment alleges Duke while acting under color of law as an officer with the Providence Police Department, arrested Jeffrey Littlepage on May 26, 2016, without probable cause to believe that Littlepage committed a crime. The offense involved the use of a dangerous weapon and resulted in bodily injury to Littlepage.

The arrest willfully deprived Littlepage of the right secured and protected by the Constitution to be free from unreasonable seizures.

Count two alleges that on May 26, Dukes willfully deprived Littlepage of the rights secured and protected by the Constitution to engage in free speech and to petition the government for redress of grievances. More specifically, after Littlepage attempted to complain about the actions taken against him by Dukes, Dukes arrested Littlepage at his home without legal justification in order to deter him from exercising that right.

Again, the offense involved the use of a dangerous weapon and resulted in bodily injury to Littlepage.

Count three alleges that on May 26, Dukes knowingly covered up, falsified, and made a false entry in a record and document with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence the investigation and proper administration of the matter.

We are told that if Dukes is convicted, he faces a maximum statutory punishment of 10 years in prison on counts one and two, and 20 years of imprisonment on count three.

The case is being investigated the Louisville Field Office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Hancock of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, and Roy Conn III, Trial Attorney of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division.

William Dukes, Jr. is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

(This story was originally published June 12, 2017)


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