Former Kuttawa clerk and her husband to face new charges

Photo by Brittney Meredith-Miller

Clayton and Katie Harrison during a hearing in Lyon County Court earlier this year.

Former Kuttawa City Clerk Katie Harrison and her husband, Clayton Harrison, will face additional charges related to missing funds discovered in the Clerk's office last year.

Both Harrisons are slated, according to online court dockets, to appear in Lyon County Circuit Court September 16 at around 11 a.m.. The missing funds were discovered in July 2018, but it wasn't until November of that year that authorities were able to locate the pair, who had fled to Sevierville, Tennessee.

Clayton Harrison was arrested during a traffic stop and originally faced 10 charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Katie Harrison turned herself in days after her husband's arrest and was originally charged with 24 counts of second-degree forgery.

They were extradited to Lyon County soon after, and during a preliminary hearing in Lyon District Court in December, KSP Detective Eric Fields testified that 24 checks had been written to the Harrisons from the Kuttawa City Clerk's office, which totaled over $12,000.

Since then, the City of Kuttawa has worked to bring their audits, which Harrison never completed during her tenure as Clerk, up to date. During their meeting last month, however, it was revealed that their audits were completed, but the details were only revealed to council members during an executive session due to their relevance to the ongoing investigation with the Kentucky State Police.

Though details are not public, it appears they have influenced the charges facing the pair, and on Sept. 16 they will be arraigned on the following:

n Clayton Harrison: One count of theft by unlawful taking- $500 or more, but under $10,000

n Katie Harrison: One count of abuse of public trust- over $10,000 but under $100,000, 16 counts of tampering with public records, and one count of theft by unlawful taking- $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000.