Cases under review after KSP Trooper arrested, charged with felonies
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A follow up to a story WNKY brought you back in March, after a Kentucky State Trooper was arrested on several charges in March, including three felonies, area public defenders and prosecutors are delving into the criminal cases former Trooper Ben Hubbard helped to investigate as a law enforcement officer.
Hubbard is accused of being in possession of a sawed off shot gun that had come from the vehicle of a man he had arrested on a DUI.
Hubbard is charged with tampering with evidence, official misconduct and receiving a stolen firearm and was later also indicted on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000.
Hubbard was involved in the investigation of cases in Warren County. Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron is now having to consider the level of involvement in the cases pending that Hubbard had a part in.
“I think anytime you have an officer related issue, especially in regard to integrity, the first thing you have to do is obviously disclose that information to defense counsel and then we go through the process of reviewing all pending cases and make decisions on the best way to proceed,” said Cohron.
James Rhorer, the directing attorney for the Bowling Green office of the Department of Public Advocacy, is not handling any of the cases Hubbard was investigating but said as a public defender, having a jury question the integrity of one of the investigators would be beneficial to the defendant’s case.
“You have to see what their involvement is and think strategically about ways that you can use that to your clients’ advantage, whether that be cross examination at a trial or plea negotiations with a prosecutor,” said Rhorer.
Rhorer says the incident serves as a reminder that law enforcement officers are human too.
“There are good ones and there are bad ones,” said Rhorer.
Hubbard posted a $9,999 bond after his indictment one week ago.
Hubbard’s arraignment will take place at 10 a.m. June 14 in Barren Circuit Court.