Police Officer Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Providence, KY – A former Providence, Kentucky police officer faces accusations of sexual misconduct while on duty. The Madisonville Messenger reports James Oakley pleaded not guilty to first-degree official misconduct in Webster County District Court this week. Oakley allegedly entered a house June 20 to investigate a prowler complaint, and while there fondled a woman and forced her to perform oral sex. The alleged victim called Providence Police Chief Brent McDowell. The accused officer, who maintains his innocence, resigned from the department June 21. Oakley's next appearance in court is September 29.