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Deputy Arrested for Harboring Woman Fugitive

January 07, 2004

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Deputy Arrested for Harboring Woman Fugitive

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Scott Co. deputy placed on leave


GEORGETOWN, Ken. - A Scott County sheriff's deputy was put on administrative leave yesterday, a day after he was arrested for allegedly harboring a woman wanted in Fayette County.

Hobert Wayne Humphrey, an eight-year veteran of the sheriff's office, is accused of helping Amanda Pergram try to hide from state police Sunday morning at his Georgetown home.

According to state police, troopers came to the house looking to arrest Pergram for violation of a Fayette County restraining order. They found her hiding behind a tree and arrested her. In a statement to police, Pergram confirmed that Humphrey helped her try to avoid arrest, according to a state police press release.

State police charged Humphrey with hindering prosecution or apprehension, a misdemeanor. He was released Sunday night from the Scott County jail on a $2,000 bond.

In a statement released yesterday, Scott County Sheriff Bobby Hammons said he placed Humphrey on administrative leave pending the outcome of the state police investigation.

Hammons referred all questions to the state police.

Pergram, 24, of Georgetown, was wanted by Fayette County authorities for violating a domestic-violence restraining order involving a former boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend, Donald Butcher of Lexington, claimed Friday that Pergram damaged his truck, ripping off a bug screen and beating the truck with a large stick, according to court records in Fayette County.

Scott County court records indicate Butcher was accused of violating a similar restraining order. In complaints filed earlier this month, Pergram and her roommate accused Butcher of telephoning them and making threatening statements.

In a separate complaint, Butcher is also accused of breaking into their apartment Nov. 18 and stealing clothing and VCR tapes, and damaging a television, a door and a Sony Playstation video game. On court documents for the burglary case, Humphrey is listed as the investigating officer.

On that same date in Lexington, Pergram was accused of terroristic threatening, court documents show. Butcher's wife, Patricia Butcher, alleged that Pergram threatened to pull her from her vehicle, beat her lifeless and then destroy the vehicle.

Humphrey, 54, could not be reached for comment yesterday, but his attorney advised him not to comment, said his wife, Karyn Humphrey.

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