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Plainfield officer charged with false reporting resigns amid allegations

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Aug 31, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-06 13:04:47-04

PLAINFIELD — A Plainfield police officer that resigned on Wednesday is now charged with Official Misconduct and False Informing due to an alleged scheme against another Plainfield officer. That's according to court documents.

Court records show Plainfield officer Valentin Khazin, a 3-year veteran of the department, is charged with misconduct, a felony, and false informing, a misdemeanor.

According to Plainfield PD, Khazin resigned shortly after Chief Kyle Prewitt initiated disciplinary action against him.

Indiana State Police says investigators believe Khazin used his position as a police officer in attempt to influence a speedway gas station clerk to make false complaints against a Plainfield police sergeant.

We aren't naming that sergeant but he is a school resource officer.

The report states Khazin asked the gas station clerk to use an AI generator to write three separate letters claiming verbal, physical and sexual abuse against children within Hendricks County schools in order to "tarnish" his character.

The probable cause affidavit states Khazin, frequently stopped by this convenience store and "trusted the gas station clerk and asked him to use an internet based AI program that would generate three anonymous letters alleging verbal, physical, and sexual abuse against children in the Plainfield Community School system."

Those letters were to be sent to the town council, school board and police chief.

The court documents also state his motivation was to quote tarnish the sergeant's character and reduce the sergeant's chances of getting promoted to lieutenant, a position Khazin was attempting to get.

Plainfield PD was made aware of these accusations and asked Indiana State Police to investigate.

The agency set up cameras and audio to record the exchange between the clerk and Khazin.

It was an exchange, court documents show, the officer denied until he was shown a video of him engaging with the clerk during the investigation.

The three year veteran, resigned on Wednesday.

A no contact order is issued for the sergeant and clerk.

The court order states a warrant has not been issued for his arrest.

A summons was requested and granted by the courts due to the safety of Khazin.

That's because cases he's made arrests on or been apart of are under review and people may still be in jail on those cases.

The Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office says the issue has led to the dismissal of 69 misdemeanor counts and 10 infractions due to Khazin's place as a witness in the case.

24 felony cases have now been sent back into investigation.

WRTV is working to learn what these cases are.