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Spencer officer arrested on misconduct and theft charges

Posted at 12:07 PM, Dec 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-17 15:26:07-05

OWEN COUNTY – A Spencer officer has been charged with official misconduct and theft charges after an investigation with Indiana State Police.

According to police, the investigation began after reports that an officer allegedly removed items from secured storage.

The investigation later determined that the suspected officer, who has been employed by the Spencer Police Department for 10 months, removed illegal narcotics and controlled substances from the DEA Drug Take Back Container stored at the Spencer Police Department.

The officer was arrested for official misconduct and theft, both level 6 felonies.

He was booked at the Owen County Jail Friday and later posted bond.

In a Facebook post, Spencer Police department addressed the arrest, stating that the officer has been placed upon administrative leave pending the convening of the Town Public Safety Board.

"The results of that hearing will be reported to the Spencer Town Council for official action," Spencer Police Department said. "The timing of that hearing will be determined by the statutory notices required and the ability to schedule the board meeting after due process notice."

The police department also stated that no other officers are under any investigation and the charging affidavits appear to focus on the actions of a single individual.

This is a developing story.