Is it a crime to send someone a text message pretending to be a police officer? According to the Whitley County Grand Jury, the answer to that question is yes.
Monday morning, the grand jury indicted Matthew Jody, 24, of Williamsburg, charging him with impersonating a police officer.
"It is the first time we have had electronic media involved in impersonating a police officer," noted Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble.
On Aug. 12 through Aug. 13, Jody allegedly identified himself in a text message to Tim Kersey as Williamsburg Police Officer Brandon White even though Jody wasn’t a sworn peace officer, according to his indictment.
According to Jody’s arrest citation, some of the texts sent included: "Try Badge #114," "Do I need to send a unit over," "I’m on patrol now. I’ll find you," I fill up my cruiser at Pilot to0," "Justice never sleeps Kersey," and "Nope I’m the law."
If convicted, Jody could receive up to five years in prison.
Out of the 12 people indicted by the Whitley County Grand Jury Monday morning, nearly half were charged with marijuana cultivation involving a total of 68 plants.
While fall is marijuana harvest time, Trimble said he wasn’t sure if that had anything directly to do with the marijuana cultivation indictments handed down Monday.
"Usually this time of year we do have more marijuana cases than we do other times," he noted.
According to the indictments, the following individuals were indicted for cultivation of marijuana five plants or more.
¥ On Aug. 3, 2013, Timothy Kersey, 34, of Williamsburg, allegedly cultivated six marijuana plants.
¥ On Aug. 4, 2013, Mitzi Ramsden, 54, and James Campbell Jr., 50, both of Williamsburg, allegedly cultivated 27 marijuana plants and possessed drug paraphernalia.
¥ Isaac Jackson, 54, of Williamsburg, is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, cultivating six marijuana plants, and possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 16, 2013.
¥ On Aug. 28, 2013, Gregory Michael Sims, 62, of Williamsburg, is accused of cultivating 29 marijuana plants.
According to its monthly report, the grand jury handed down several other indictments Monday, including:
¥ Joe Davis, 40 – theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree persistent felony offender.
¥ Jessie C. Mays, 32, of Williamsburg – first-degree possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of methamphetamine and first-degree persistent felony offender.
¥ Isaac Jackson, 54, of Williamsburg – first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
¥ Falesha Bunch, 27, of Williamsburg – second-degree burglary.
¥ Richard Hendershot, 36, of Williamsburg – possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
¥ James Lee Hensley, 28, of Corbin – two counts of theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000.
¥ Dillon Dople, 19, of Williamsburg – two counts of third-degree burglary.