Mayor Hogsett's son to pay fine, avoid drug charges

Posted at 3:07 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 15:07:43-04

RUSHVILLE, Ind. -- Rush County prosecutors have agreed to drop marijuana charges against Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett's son in exchange for a fine and a one-year probationary period.

William Hogsett, 18, was arrested July 1 on Old State Road 44 in Rush County on charges of possession of marijuana and a controlled substance.

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Officers initially pulled Hogsett over for crossing over the center land and failure to use a turn signal. Once stopped, officers said they smelled marijuana and detected signs of impairment from Hogsett.

On Monday, prosecutors filed a pretrial diversion agreement dropping the charges against Hogsett if he agrees to pay $333 in court costs and commit no criminal offenses for a year. Hogsett also agrees not to illegally use or possess narcotics unless prescribed by a physician and not to drink alcohol.

Hogsett was represented in the case by Rushville-based attorney Paul Barada Jr.