County Attorney To Investigate Sheriff's Department Lawsuit


Jefferson County lawmakers went behind closed doors during a finance and rules committee meeting Tuesday night to discuss the $50 million lawsuit facing the sheriff's department.

The suit was filed by Deputy Krystal Rice and centers around topless photos that were allegedly taken of her for a pedophilia sting.

Those pictures, she claims, were were misused.

After the closed session, County Attorney David Paulsen told 7 News that he is investigating the case himself.

Sheriff John Burns says he's open to the investigation.

"I spoke with the county attorney yesterday and again today and said we're certainly willing to be a part of that," Burns said. "We don't have a problem with it."

Burns waited for about an hour and a half to be called into the executive session to answer questions about the case before he was told that he wouldn't be needed.

After the executive session, county legislators weren't talking.

It's not clear why they never invited Burns into the session to answer any questions.

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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