TRAFALGAR — A 60-year-old man has been charged after police say he got into a physical fight with a fellow council member following a town council meeting earlier this year.
The incident took place following the meeting on January 16, 2019. According to court documents, David Moore and another member of the council got into a verbal argument during that evening's council meeting. After the meeting, Moore allegedly grabbed the other council member by his collar and shoved him into a nearby wall.
The fight was quickly broken up, according to police, but the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office requested that an independent investigation be conducted by an outside agency to avoid conflict of interest.
“There was never any real question as to what happened, but the interests of justice demand that those facts and evidence be submitted by a neutral third party” said now Acting Prosecutor Joe Villanueva.
Indiana State Police conducted the independent investigation and forwarded their findings to the Prosecutor's Office last week.
“Elected officials, be they current or former, are not above the law. It is a privilege to serve the people of your community and your behavior needs to reflect that. Mr. Moore’s behavior clearly fell below that standard” said Villanueva.
Moore lost his seat on the council in May during a highly contested primary race, according to the Prosecutor's Office, and he will no longer serve as a council member after December 31.
Moore is charged with one count of disorderly conduct which is a Class B Misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.