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Ex-NKY judge gets 4 year ban from practicing law

Ex-NKY judge gets 4 year ban from practicing law
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 3:53 PM EDT
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KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WXIX) - A former Northern Kentucky judge found guilty of misconduct has been banned from practicing law in the commonwealth.

Former Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry agreed to a four-year suspension from the Kentucky Bar Association, according to court documents. The agreement comes nearly a year and a half after she was removed from the bench.

In August of 2020, she was found guilty of 10 of the 12 misconduct charges against her.

Prosecutors said Gentry would retaliate against those who wouldn’t follow her wishes and rewarded her friends.

She is accused of having sex with employees and falsifying timesheets, documents read.

Court documents say Gentry fired one of her employees so she could hire a minister from her church with whom she had a romantic relationship.

Gentry also admitted she violated campaign laws by asking employees and subordinates to campaign for her, the documents read.

Here is what the ruling said:

Court documents say since the hearing, Gentry has ended the relationship with her pastor.

She also has taken steps to address what she acknowledges is an alcohol use disorder, according to the documents.

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