Claiborne County teacher maintains innocence

Claiborne County teacher accused in drug conspiracy maintains innocence

Sherrill King (source: Laurel County Correctional Center) Sherrill King (source: Laurel County Correctional Center)

CUMBERLAND GAP (WATE) - An attorney representing a Claiborne County driver's education teacher facing drug conspiracy charges issued a statement Thursday saying his client is not guilty.

Sherrill King, 44, was charged earlier this week with conspiracy to distribute painkiller oxycodone and anti-anxiety drug Xanax over the course of 10 years.

Court documents say King committed the offenses in Bell County, Ky. along with other locations from 2003 until the present.

The school system's website identifies King as a driver's education teacher and a former basketball coach at Cumberland Gap High School.

In a prepared statement, Attorney Paul K. Croley II says King is a respected member of the community, maintains his innocence, and looks forward to telling his side of the story.

"For now, the justice system will have to simply run its course," said Croley. "We are confident the evidence will exonerate our client and prove that the system works."


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