Former Franklin County deputy charged

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former sheriff's deputy is facing federal charges of theft and trafficking in steroids stemming from his time on the force.

Media report Matt Brown, who used to work as a narcotics detective for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday in Frankfort.

According to an indictment handed down last week, Brown is accused of misappropriating about $26,000 in cash and goods seized by the sheriff's office during drug busts. He is also accused of trafficking anabolic steroids in Franklin, Fayette and Jessamine counties.

The charges come after Sheriff Pat Melton requested an audit of drug money in 2012 because of some financial discrepancies.

Melton says Brown resigned about the time the audit began.

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