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May 12, 2014

London Police Chief resigns

Follows dismissal of EPO filed by Berea woman

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Following the Wednesday dismissal in Madison County Family Court of an emergency protective order filed by a Berea woman, London Police Chief Stewart Walker has resigned.

Mayor Troy Rudder simply said he accepted Walker’s resignation, and Major Derek House is currently acting as interim police chief.

Walker’s EPO was dismissed in Madison County Family Court Wednesday, according to an official with Madison County Circuit Clerk’s office. However, Walker now has a civil restraining order against him for the next six months in which no contact is to be made between Walker and the victim. The court records relating to the incident were sealed, which means they are not accessible to the public.

According to the victim’s mother, who did not wish to be identified, the victim agreed to have the documents sealed in order to avoid seeing Walker in court. Her mother added the victim did not want to “re-live the trauma” by seeing Walker.

“We just want to move on with our lives and hope Walker stays where he is supposed to,” the victim’s mother said. She added that the victim was grateful for the help of the Berea Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.

Walker was served with an EPO by the KSP April 18. The EPO was requested by a former live-in girlfriend of Walker, who after ending the relationship with Walker relocated to Madison County. She lived with Walker from August 2012 through February 2013.

According to the narrative written by the victim, during most of the past year, Walker allegedly has “terrorized and stalked” her, including an incident when a KSP trooper reportedly found him in her driveway.

She further alleges Walker has been physically violent with her in the past, and she fears what he may do in the future.

She informed London Mayor Troy Rudder of the situation — and Rudder, in turn, ordered Walker to stay away from her, according to the narrative.

However, the woman alleges in her narrative that Walker stalked her that evening and again on another evening — and that led to her filing for an EPO April 18.

Walker, who served as police chief for about four years, began with the department as a patrolman in 1996, Rudder said. House has been with the department since 1995.

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