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Former deputy indicted for using county lawn mower

By Matt Kelton
Clay County Pioneer Sentinel

A former Clay County deputy is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, and has been indicted by a Clay County grand jury.


Roger Eric Jennings, 43, of Henrietta, is accused of gaining access to a county-owned riding lawn mower to maintain the lawn at his home in the 1000 block of East Gilbert Street.

The indictment was sealed when handed down. Jennings turned himself in at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday morning and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

The indictment is for a March 17 offense.

Jennings was not an employee of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at the time.

Jennings joined the department in 2009, and advanced to the rank of captain. In August 2011, Jennings and another deputy resigned after confessing to acts of vandalism in Henrietta. Jennings and Sgt. Kelly Perry were with several other people not associated with the sheriff’s office who wrapped the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce caboose, trees on the courthouse lawn and the residence of another county official with toilet paper.

Because of Jennings’ prior employment with the CCSO, the 97th District Attorney’s office carried out the investigation.

D.A. Jack McGaughey said Jennings had access to a storage building on East Wichita Street, where the riding mower is stored, and was possibly in possession of a key to the building.


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