BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A high school principal has taken the first step toward clearing his name in connection with a high-profile theft of one of the world's rarest bourbons.
On October 23, the Franklin County's Sheriff's Office released surveillance video of a man they thought might be connected to the disappearance of $25,000 of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Chris Pickett, the principal of Bardstown High School, stepped forward Monday and admitted to police that he is the man seen in the.
Doug Hubbard, Pickett's attorney, said he and his client met with Franklin County deputies around 1 p.m. for questioning in the case. Hubbard said his client answered questions for an hour and told investigators that he had nothing to do with the theft.
During school hours, Hubbard said Pickett was at work, as usual. Some parents say the surveillance video and the bourbon theft publicity are all a distraction to students.
"He should be suspended with pay until they can either claim or disclaim what he did," said Kevin Haycraft, a parent.
They say Pickett should not be in a position where he can influence impressionable minds.
"I don't really think that the kids should really be focusing on what their principal did," said Haycraft, "because that's pretty much what they are focusing on. It's taking them out of their school work."
The now-viral surveillance footage came from an Elizabethtown liquor store. The owner of the store claims Pickett tried to sell them cases of Pappy Van Winkle 20 year bourbon, the same type stolen from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort on October 15.
The store has turned the video over to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Hubbard denies the allegations and said Pickett is a bourbon collector who was looking to purchase some liquor.
Attempts were made to reach Superintendent Brent Holsclaw of the Bardstown City Schools about Pickett's employment status. Our calls were not returned.
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