Police officer facing charges after illegal gambling hall raid

Officer Roy Raines, Hillview Police
Officer Roy Raines, Hillview Police

By Maira Ansari - bio | email
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HILLVIEW, KY (WAVE) - A police officer is off the streets after being busted during a raid on an illegal gambling hall. Hillview Police found the off-duty Shepherdsville officer on the premises during Tuesday night's bust. He was one of 16 people cited or arrested for loitering for the purpose of gambling. According to police, the people playing probably never saw the bust coming.

The raid happened at 232 Arnold Drive in Hillview after police found something that had nothing to do with an Auto Glass Solution Company.

"We got some information that there was possibly some illegal gambling going on at that location," said Officer Roy Raines of the Hillview Police.

Hillview Police raided the business, and found some people they were not expecting. "Found about 15 people inside playing either slot machines or at gambling tables" said Raines. "There was an off duty police officer and an attorney."

According to the police report, the attorney is Cassandra Schmidt. The officer has been identified as Brent Dawson of the Shepherdsville Police Department.

"It's very difficult. You share the same faith in the law. It's a thin blue line. You hate to do that to another officer, but if you break the law you break the law," said Raines.

Raines believes the illegal gambling had been going for a few weeks and its discovery shocked everyone. "This was in a place very non-descript. You could have driven by there 100 times and never thought of it."

Shepherdsville Police have assigned Dawson to administrative duties pending the result of an internal investigation. The three who were arrested posted bond Wednesday morning. The 13 others received citations to appear in court.

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