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On Monday, March 23rd, the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office received unconfirmed information that a Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy may have committed a theft.

The theft allegation did not involve any conduct that related to the deputy’s employment with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and was not a theft alleged to have occurred while the deputy was on duty.

However, the allegation prompted action by Prosecutor Sam Arp.

Today, Arp made the following statement regarding the case:

“I certainly take allegations like these by law enforcement officers very seriously. Officers of the law must be above reproach. These allegations, if proven true, trigger an ethical response mandated by the Indiana Supreme Court and established United States Case Law. Upon receiving the information, I immediately followed up and determined that an investigation should move forward. I sent a request to the Indiana State Police to investigate the matter and will await the results of their full investigation.”

On Wednesday, April 1st, the Prosecutors Office was informed that a detective from the Indiana State Police District #33, Bloomington Post, had been assigned the case.

No further details are being released at this time.

“Because this matter is in the investigation phase, no additional information can be provided until the work by the State Police has been completed. To prevent any speculation of impropriety, I will request an out of county Special Prosecutor be assigned to review the results of the investigation for any charging decisions or the handling of a potential prosecution that may result,” said Arp.