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ASHLAND — Last fall, the Ashland Police Division used a city credit card to purchase a replacement ring for Kyle Wharton, a convicted sex offender, after an officer accidentally destroyed the original ring, according to city credit card records reviewed by Ashland Source.

After Wharton was convicted of multiple felony sex offenses involving minors in November 2020, his family requested his property that was taken when he was originally arrested, Ashland Police Capt. Craig Kiley said.