A Kentucky sheriff was arrested by his own officers after allegedly striking a teenage girl in the face during a fight at a basketball game he was coaching at.
Brent Lynch was arrested for fourth-degree assault stemming from an incident during a game between the Perry Central and Owsley County high school girls basketball teams.
A fight broke out and Lynch ran into the center of the scuffle.
”That fight was investigated by one of our troopers,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart said. “It was determined through that investigation that Owsley County Sheriff, Brent Lynch, had actually assaulted a female during that altercation.”
Lynch was booked at Three Forks Regional Jail on the charge which carries up to one year behind bars if he is convicted. He has been suspended from his job as the basketball coach.
“An incident occurred during a December 3 varsity girls’ basketball game at Perry Central High School between Perry Central High School and Owsley County High School. Owsley County is fully complying with KHSAA’s recommendations. The Owsley County Varsity Girls’ Assistant Coach was suspended for 1 game,” Owsley County Schools superintendent Dr. Tim Bobrowski told a local news outlet.
“Per KHSAA’s recommendations, both teams have suspended 4 student-athletes for 2 games.”
There is no word on what punishment Lynch is receiving from his job in law enforcement if any.