Madison County DA Investigator Suspended, Accused of Misconduct

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An investigator with the Madison County District Attorney's Office has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation by the Attorney General's Office.

Thursday Madison County District Attorney Brian Risinger did confirm Justin Barham -- the narcotics and organized crime Investigator -- is being accused of misconduct; and was suspended on December 17th.

This is an active investigation -- which means the details surrounding the misconduct accusations are being kept to a minimum by authorities. News 3 has learned Barham graduated from police academy in 2008 where he worked as a Madisonville Police officer. According to authorities, in an effort to crack down on narcotics inside Madison County; Barham was hired at the end of 2011 as an investigator specializing in organized crime and narcotics for the Madison County District Attorney’s office.

If Barham is found guilty, the DA says he could face criminal charges. If that happens, some cases Barham has solved or worked on over the last year have the potential to be dismissed. News 3’s Nicole Morten will continue investigating and bring more information as soon as it becomes available.