Wilson facing prostitution and drug trafficking charges

Archie Wilson
A warrant is out for the arrest of former Clermont County Commissioner Archie Wilson, who resigned the day before he was charged in Kentucky for soliciting prostitution and trafficking in a controlled substance.

The Kenton County Attorney’s Office along with the Kentucky State Police released an announcement that they had issued the charges, which are both misdemeanors, on Feb. 3.

“He has been charged and there is a warrant out for his arrest,” Susan Topmiller, public information officer for Kenton County Attorney’s Office, said.

Topmiller said once Wilson has been served, he will be taken to the Kenton County Detention Center.

According to Clermont County Sheriff Tim Rodenberg, the investigation stemmed from information detectives received from a Clermont County Jail inmate in June of 2011, who said Wilson had provided her drugs and money in return for sex while he was commissioner.

The sheriff’s report, which was dated June 22, 2011, said inmate Amanda Lay wished to speak with a detective about information she had on a prostitution ring after seeing Wilson’s photo in a newspaper while she was in jail.

The report stated that Lay told detectives that Wilson had paid her money to have sex or perform sex acts with him. She said Wilson would call her cell phone, set up a pick-up location, and they would go to a motel in Earlanger, Ky.

Lay told detectives Wilson would bring drugs, in the form of cocaine and pills, to give to her, and for his own consumption. Wilson would also give Lay money to pay for a room under her fake I.D. name “Tiffney Fee.”

Lay said the meetings went on for several weeks, and also said Wilson drove an SUV, with license plate number OH FFA-6482 when he came to pick her up. The report said the plates belong to Midwestern Plumbing, a business Wilson is part owner of.

In addition, the report said Sgt. Chris Stratton of the sheriff’s office made contact with one of the motel clerks in Earlanger Ky., who said she remembered the SUV as well as an older male and young female renting a room.

The clerk said she thought it was odd, and also wrote down OH FFA-6482 as the license plate number.

“Our investigators immediately followed up on this and within a week or so concluded that none of the alleged activities occurred in Clermont County, but rather, in Northern Kentucky,” Sheriff Rodenberg said in an email about the initial discussion.

Sheriff Rodenberg said after making this determination, the case was transferred from his office to the Kentucky State Police, who continued the investigation.

“From that point forward we had no further involvement in the investigation,” Sheriff Rodenberg said.

He said in the email release that they received updates about the case as the investigation continued and received word from officials in Kentucky that charges had been filed Feb. 3.

The Kenton County Attorney’s Office sent out a release Feb. 8 that said charges had been filed against Wilson Friday, Feb. 3 for soliciting prostitution and trafficking a controlled substance.

The release also stated that Lay said that Wilson had encounters with many others.

Topmiller said Wilson has not been arrested yet, but said the arrest could be made in the coming days.

“His attorney came forward and said he is going to turn himself in,” Topmiller said. “But we have yet to know when.”