NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - The peace and tranquility at the nation's oldest monastery was rattled Wednesday by an alleged scandal involving sex and stolen money.
"It's quiet down there," Nelson County Detective Jason Allison said. "We get calls down there occasionally, trespasser or someone."
Now, a former accountant at the Abbey of Gethsemani and his wife have been indicted after they were accused of stealing a total of $1 million since 2008.
Detective Allison has been digging through bank statements. "We believe that the evidence is going to show that the money came from an account that belongs to the Abbey and was placed into another account," he explained.
John Hutchins and his wife, Carey, now face more than 80 counts of theft and unlawful use of a computer.
And there's a twist, a letter in which Detective Allison said Hutchins claimed he was a scapegoat for a part of a cover-up for sexual affairs behind the monastery's gates.
"Stuff that he has talked about, particularly in a letter that he had sent out is fairly recent and my investigation goes back several years," Allison said.
Both Hutchins himself and his attorney would not confirm nor deny Hutchins wrote the letter when reached by phone. Hutchins' attorney said his client will plead not guilty.
Wednesday The Abbey released a statement that read, "We continue to pray for Mr. Hutchins, his family, and all those affected by these allegations."