Charges of lying to or withholding information from law enforcement authorities are nothing to be taken lightly. A Bardstown, Kentucky, man is facing 38 counts of perjury. He is accused of lying under oath to investigators regarding the disappearance of a Kentucky woman in July 2015. He is being held on $200,000 cash bond and due in court on Jan. 7.
The man who has been arrested is reportedly a close friend of the woman's boyfriend and also a longtime employee of the boyfriend, who is considered a suspect in the woman's disappearance. He's not the only one accused of hindering the investigation. The boyfriend's brother was terminated from his job as a Bardstown police officer for reportedly interfering with the investigation. This happened in October -- the same month that the boyfriend was first named as a suspect.
The woman's family has told the media that they hope that the man who was just arrested will share with authorities what he knows about their loved one's disappearance. She vanished on the day before the Fourth of July from the home that she and her boyfriend lived in with their young son. Her car was discovered on the Bluegrass Parkway in Kentucky with a flat tire. Her belongings were reportedly still in the vehicle.
If you or a loved one have been charged with perjury and/or hindering a criminal investigation, you may be able to mitigate the consequences of the charges by cooperating with law enforcement. You shouldn't try to deal with the situation alone. A Kentucky criminal defense attorney can advise you on your best course of action.
Source: NBC News, "Employee of Boyfriend Arrested on Perjury Charges in Crystal Rogers Case," Rachael Trost, Dec. 17, 2015