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Scott County Coroner Facing A New Charge: Perjury

Posted at 6:09 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 06:42:09-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — For 17 years, John Goble has held the title of Scott County coroner.

This week he added a perjury charge to his list dating back to an investigation that started in 2017. That list Goble was previously indicted on includes two counts of receiving stolen property, theft, possession of a controlled substance as well as two counts of official misconduct.

Goble's attorney Fred Peters said these charges stem back to accusations made to Kentucky State Police by what he called "disgruntled former employees."

In June of 2018, Goble was indicted and accused of stealing guns and ammo from KSP where he previously worked.

Trooper Robert "Mitch" Harris and former KSP Captin Michael Crawford were indicted on stolen property charges related to this case. Harris faces other charges as well.

This week, there was a superseding indictment in Crawford's case.

Last year Coroner Goble was also accused of taking eyeballs from a donor bank and selling them for profit. There are also claims he falsified death certificates by labeling most death causes as a "heart atttack" because there was "less paperwork requirement than preparing actual case."

Today Coroner Goble's attorney Fred Peters commented on Goble's new charge.

"The only comment I can make on Mr. Goble's behalf is that we haven't seen this indictment yet so we can't fully comment on it but I'm sure that Mr. Goble will be fighting these charges as he has fought those other charges all along," he said.

Goble will be back in court Monday at 1 p.m. in Scott County Circuit Court for his arraignment for the perjury charge.