The following was sent to the Bloomingtonian by the Indiana State Police:
Former Clark County Sheriff Arrested
on 15 Felony Charges
(Clark County, IN)-The Indiana State Police Special Investigation Division has arrested 52-year-old Jamey Noel, the former Clark County Sheriff, and current Utica Volunteer Fire Fighters Association Chief on 15 felony charges following a nearly five-month long investigation.
Detectives began their extensive investigation on June 13, 2023 after receiving several criminal allegations of official misconduct from the current Clark County Sheriff, who, along with his personnel have been cooperative throughout this investigation.
Ripley County Prosecutor Richard J. Hertel was assigned as the Special Prosecutor in this case on July 27th by Special Judge Larry Medlock and was recently presented the case for review. As a result, the following criminal charges have been levied against Noel:
- One (1) count of Corrupt Business Influence, Level 5 Felony
- Two (2) counts of Theft, Level 5 Felony
- Three (3) counts of Theft, Level 6 Felony
- Four (4) counts of Ghost Employment, Level 6 Felony
- Four (4) counts of Official Misconduct, Level 6 Felony
- One (1) count of Obstruction of Justice, Level 6 Felony
Noel was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon, November 8, 2023 without incident and with his attorney present. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center before being transferred to and incarcerated in the Scott County Detention Center without bond.
His initial appearance was early this afternoon, November 9th in the Clark Circuit Court No. 1, and a cash bond of $75,000 was set.
This investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.