Former Simpson County Sheriff Chris Cline is set to stand trial next year on charges that he illegally obtained prescription drugs.
At a pretrial conference Monday, Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson scheduled Cline’s trial for Feb. 3.
Cline, 45, is charged with 41 counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and one count of first-degree official misconduct.
Bowling Green attorney Alan Simpson, who represents Cline, has said that the former sheriff is plagued by health problems that include injuries suffered on the job dating back to his time as a state trooper.
Cline wore a neck brace and walked with a cane at his court appearance Monday. Simpson said his client is scheduled to undergo a pair of surgeries in the near future.
“Mr. Cline is getting ready to have another surgery a week from this Monday,” Simpson said. “If the first surgery is successful, the second surgery would be several weeks later.”
The Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West Unit, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force took part in the investigation that led to the criminal charges against Cline.
The former sheriff resigned his post Dec. 30, citing medical reasons. Current Sheriff Jere Hobson was appointed to take Cline’s place.
Simpson said his client had been unable to perform his duties as sheriff for several months and faced another surgery when he chose to step down.
Cline is accused of knowingly misrepresenting or withholding information from a practitioner in Warren County or Simpson County from December 2011 to December 2013.
He is also accused of driving a sheriff’s vehicle from Simpson County to Warren County to fill a prescription.
Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said a jury trial would likely last two or three days.