Hodgenville mayor, city clerk jailed today

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Both post bail, released within 45 minutes of booking

By Jeff D'Alessio

Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback were booked Tuesday morning into the Hardin County Detention Center after being indicted on a combined 69 counts on Monday.


Cruse was processed into the jail at 8:46 a.m. and Hornback was booked at 9:02 a.m. Both had posted bail of $9,500 cash or property bond and were released by 9:31 a.m.

Cruse and Hornback were indicted on charges ranging from abuse of public trust to theft by unlawful taking.

Cruse, 56, is in his second term as mayor of Hodgenville and faces nine counts of abuse of public trust; one count of theft by unlawful taking; two counts of campaign contribution restrictions/expense limits; and two counts of second-degree forgery.

According to the indictment against Cruse, he is charged with using a city-issued fuel credit card to be used on the city of Hodgenville’s fleet account to make purchases for personal use of a value less than $10,000. The indictments state the use was from June 10, 2012, through Feb. 18, 2013.

The charges he faces are Class D felonies, punishable by up to five years in jail on each count.

Hornback, 52, who became city clerk/treasurer in 2007, was charged with 54 counts of abuse of public trust and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

The charges against Hornback also are Class D felonies for Hornback.

More information including a formal response from Cruse and Hornback will be included in Wednesday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.