FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 10, 2015) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced that two members of the Carrollton Police Department have been indicted by a Carroll County grand jury on charges relating to an inmate being driven to Louisville and placed on a bus to Florida. This morning, a Carroll County grand jury deliberated and returned indictments for 50-year-old Ronald W. Dickow and 48-year-old Michael S. Willhoite, both of Carrollton, Ky. The grand jury indicted both Dickow and Willhoite on charges of complicity to commit kidnapping, complicity to commit custodial interference and complicity to commit official misconduct.
Willhoite is the chief of police and Dickow is an officer with the Carrollton Police Department. According to the grand jury indictments, on or about April 23, 2015 they unlawfully restrained Adam Horine, an inmate at the Caroll County Detention Center, with the intent to interfere with the performance of a governmental or political function. The indictments also state Willhoite and Dickow knowingly took Horine, a mentally disabled person, out of custody and kept him from the lawful custody of Eastern State Hospital, a mental institution. Further, the indictments state they committed an unauthorized exercise of official functions and/or they refrained from performing an official duty when they violated a Court order to transport Horine to Eastern State Hospital.
Kidnapping is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. Custodial Interference is a class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Official Misconduct is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail. Willhoite and Dickow were arraigned today in Carroll Circuit Court and remain out of custody. A trial date has been set for December 1.
These charges were investigated by Attorney General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations. They will be prosecuted by Attorney General Conway’s Special Prosecutions Unit.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
General Conway’s Special Prosecutions Division
Attorney General Conway’s Special Prosecutions Division prosecutes criminal cases pursuant to KRS 15.190 to 15.240 and KRS 15.715. Special prosecutors are responsible for assisting local prosecutors in complex or sensitive cases, as well as handle cases in which the local prosecutor disqualifies himself and to prosecute thefts from the Commonwealth by employees or elected officials.
General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations
Since 2008, investigations by General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations have led to public corruption related charges against over 120 individuals. Anyone aware of such illegal activity on the part of an elected or appointed official is encouraged to contact the DCI toll-free hotline at 866-524-3672 or email information to DCIFORCE@ag.ky.gov