Darren Doyle, story:
Retired Circuit Court Judge Ronnie Dortch has been publicly reprimanded by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission for an inappropriate sexual relationship with a woman who was indicted in a felony criminal case in which he was presiding.
Dortch retired on January 6, 2017 citing health reasons.
A statement from the Kentucky JCC said "Because Judge Dortch has retired, a public reprimand is the most severe sanction of Commission can impose. Based upon the foregoing conduct, Judge Dortch is hereby publicly reprimanded."
Dortch served as Circuit Court Judge for the 38th District from 1992 to 2017. The district covers Edmonson, Ohio, Butler, and Hancock Counties.
The position of Circuit Court Judge is still vacant.