DANVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — A former sheriff’s deputy from Boyle County is being indicted on a charge of allegedly punching people without cause and then lying about it.

Tanner Abbott was charged with four counts of violating people’s rights by hitting them and one charge of depriving a person of his rights during an illegal search.

According to court documents, during one of Abbott’s arrests, he allegedly illegally searched a hotel room and, on two other occasions, obstructed justice by writing and conspiring with another person to write false police reports to conceal his misconduct.


He’s also charged with filing multiple false reports to cover up this alleged behavior.
The incidents happened back in 2021, the same year Abbott was fired.

The civil rights charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison; the falsification of records charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; and the conspiracy charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.