MOUNT WASHINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A Bullitt County police officer already in trouble is now facing more serious charges. Officer Steve Cox of the Mount Washington Police was arrested on charges in early February after a fight with his wife. Now a grand jury has indicted him on six felony charges and some of the crimes that date back two years.
WAVE 3 obtained the personnel file of the 10 year veteran officer that contains glowing evaluations for his work.
"Officer Cox is a model for others," and, "an asset to the department," they read.
According to the grand jury's indictment something else was going on below the surface. Kentucky State Police say in December 2008, Cox broke into the home of his then-girlfriend, also a Mount Washington police officer. The indictment says he assaulted her, and threatened to hurt her if she told anyone.
Then on February 11, 2011, Cox's current wife said he assaulted her in their home, put on his body armor, pushed furniture against the door and told her to call police. When she refused, court papers say Cox put a gun to her head.
"We hope that everyone keeps an open mind until the other side of that story comes out before any judgments are made," said Mark Hall, the attorney who is representing Cox. "I think that there clearly are two sides to the story in this situation."
State police say the 2008 assault came to light as they were investigating the assault on Cox's wife. Hall says he's not sure how the additional charges came to be.
"From the time that he was arrested and arraigned in district court to the time that he was indicted by the grand jury there was additional charges that were added," said Hall.
The February assault happened less than a month after the first real black mark on Cox's professional record. His personnel file shows Cox was demoted from sergeant in January after a heated argument with another officer.
Cox was also indicted on a felony charge for trafficking in a controlled substance. Court papers say that's because Bullitt County Deputy Trevor Ford went to Cox to get help increasing strength to pass a police standards test. Those papers say Cox sold Ford steroids.
The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office hasn't responded to our request for comment.