A whistleblower lawsuit claims three current and former Kentucky State Police Post 4 high-ranking troopers “were subject to retaliation and reprisal” after reporting evidence for criminal cases was stolen by a Post 4 official.

Filed in Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort on behalf of Sgts. Kevin Burton and Mike Garyantes and Lt. Frank Taylor, the suit was brought against KSP and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It seeks lost wages, punitive damages and a jury trial.

The suit contends Garyantes was suspended, while Burton received a constructive discharge under the threat of a transfer to the Henderson post where Taylor was transferred after they reported irregularities including theft of evidence to KSP supervisors and Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young, according to the nine-page suit.

There are no allegations that any of the described retaliation was by Young, only KSP officials.

The defendants have 20 days from the time they are served to respond.

The suit said items such as three pair of Eddie Bauer tennis shoes and other items of evidence seized from criminal cases were removed from one of three evidence rooms KSP maintains between July and November of this year.

See Sunday’s print edition of The News-Enterprise additional details.

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