• Woodford Sun Staff Report

Former Vehicle Enforcement Officer pleads guilty

A former Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officer pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in Woodford Circuit Court Sept. 5.

Donald Wayne Drury faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sodomy.

Drury, 78, lived in Versailles when he was charged with the crimes. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 5 at 1 p.m., and is not eligible for probation. He could receive parole after he serves 15 percent of the sentence.

According to an indictment returned by a Woodford County grand jury, Drury committed the offenses when he subjected a male juvenile (younger than 16 years old) to sexual contact and deviate sexual intercourse. The alleged crimes occurred from August 2014 to September 2016, the indictment stated.

The parents of a 15-year-old boy told police that they were friends with Drury, who they entrusted to pick up their son from school and keep him when they could not, authorities said.

Police reported that Drury purchased clothing, electronics and other expensive items in exchange for the boy’s loyalty and “consent” to engage in illegal sex acts. Drury allegedly discouraged the boy from talking to a therapist and told him that they’d both go to jail if he contacted police, an affidavit stated.

Drury, who also owns property in Naples, Fla., had been scheduled to face the felony charges in a jury trial set to begin Oct. 15.

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