Press release: Spencer, Indiana police officer arrested for removing illegal narcotics and controlled substances from the DEA Drug Take Back Container

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingonian Saturday:

1500 N. Packinghouse Road, #200
First Sergeant Michael Wood
Public Information Officer
812-332-4411   December 17, 2022  
Spencer Officer Arrested After Investigation 

On December 16, 2022, an Officer from the Spencer Police Department was arrested on Official Misconduct and Theft charges after an investigation by Detectives with the Indiana State Police Special Investigation Section. The complaint began after the Owen County Prosecutor contacted the Indiana State Police and requested an investigation after an officer allegedly removed items from secured storage. The investigation by Sergeant Greg Ashby and Master Trooper Craig Starr determined that Sergeant James Bradley Deckard, a 39-year-old from Gosport and an 18-year veteran of law enforcement who has been employed by the Spencer Police Department for the last 10 months, utilized his authority to remove illegal narcotics and controlled substances from the DEA Drug Take Back Container stored within the Spencer Police Department.  As a result of the investigation, Deckard was arrested for Official Misconduct and Theft, both Level 6 Felonies. He was booked into the Owen County Jail early Friday morning where he posted bond. An arrest photo may be obtained from the Owen County Jail.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



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