Grand jury to review Lasater case

A Wilson County grand jury is expected to review and rule on former Wilson County deputy and school board member Greg Lasater’s case this week, according to District Attorney Tommy Thompson. Thompson said the grand jury would review evidence and other information gathered from an inv...
Jul 8, 2013
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Former Wilson County deputy and school board member Greg Lasater awaits a grand jury's decision this week on whether he will be charged with theft following an investigation into allegations he stole gas from the sheriff's department.

 

A Wilson County grand jury is expected to review and rule on former Wilson County deputy and school board member Greg Lasater’s case this week, according to District Attorney Tommy Thompson.

Thompson said the grand jury would review evidence and other information gathered from an investigation revealed recently into allegations Lasater was stealing gas from the sheriff’s department. He said the grand jury review would determine whether Lasater is indicted on charges.

The grand jury is expected to determine what those charges, if any, would be this week.

The Wilson County Steering Committee met last week to go over plans for filling a Board of Education seat left vacant after Lasater resigned June 27 amid an investigation into apparent theft.

County attorney Mike Jennings said the Wilson County Commission must be notified of the vacancy 10 days before its next regular meeting, and the vacancy appear in public notice seven days before the meeting. According to state law, the commission will appoint a replacement at its meeting Monday to serve the remainder of the term, which ends in August 2016.

At last week’s meeting Commissioner Mike Justice asked about the procedure to replace Lasater at the upcoming commission meeting.

“We’re going to let them speak,” Commissioner Jerry Hall said at the time. “We should give them three minutes to speak.”

Jennings said any commissioner could nominate a replacement, and nominations can be made from the floor, but the person nominated has to be present to accept it. Nominations from the floor do not require a second from the commission.

“That’s the way I read that law,” Jennings said at the time.

Jennings said the person nominating must live in Wilson County but does not have to live in Lasater’s former Zone 5, which includes Lebanon and areas in north Wilson County. He said anyone nominated must live within the zone and cannot be an elected county official or an employee of Wilson County schools.

Jennings said he would explain the procedures before the commission accepts nominations at its meeting Monday, which starts at 7 p.m. in commission chambers at the courthouse.

Commissioners took turns listing several names of those interested in the school board seat, including Parent-Teacher Organization president Sheldon Gardner, former Lebanon High School football coach Bobby Brown, former Friendship Christian School teacher Dirk Ash, Ward Ag Center director Larry Tomlinson and former teachers Benton Jennings and Steve Johnson.

Lasater resigned his position on the school board, with the first year of his third term nearly complete. He also ended his 26-year career as a deputy and school resource officer with the sheriff’s department.

Lasater's resignations came just hours following Sheriff Robert Bryan's confirmation of a month-long investigation involving Lasater and discrepancies in gas purchases in his job as deputy and school resource officer.

Lasater said he couldn’t comment on the allegations.

“I would rather not at this time,” he said. “I will at the appropriate time. It’s probably in my best interest not to, but I will in due time.

“I’m ashamed and embarrassed, but I have to move on.”

Though he had not officially qualified to run, Lasater had said he planned to run for circuit court clerk in 2014.

“All that is on hold until all this is over,” Lasater said.

 

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