Crawford Circuit Judge Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge

Crawford Circuit Judge Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge


Today, an Indiana State Police investigation has led to the arrest of Sabrina Bell,  the Crawford County Circuit Court Judge.

These charges stemmed from an incident that occurred in Crawford County on April 12, 2022. 

After completing a thorough investigation into the incident, Detectives from the Indiana State Police Special Investigations Section presented an affidavit to a Special Judge assigned to the case who found that probable cause existed for the arrest of Bell on a Level 6 Felony Charge of Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Child Less than 16 Years Old.

Bell was booked into the Crawford County Jail and has since been released on pre-trial conditions.

A special prosecutor has been assigned to the case and an initial hearing was set for 1p today at Dubois Circuit Court. 

According to court documents, Bell is alleged to have struck her ex-husband on the face in the presence of Bell’s ex-husband told deputies he had arrived to pick up their children for his scheduled visit when Bell started a verbal argument with him that ended with her striking him in the face. Deputies advised marks were still visible on the man’s face at the time of the report.

According to the documents, Bell’s children witnessed the battery and confirmed it to authorities. Bell declined to make any statements regarding the matter, police said.

Bell was to have run for re-election in the May Primary but on April 20, Bell made a Facebook post stating she was suspending her campaign for reelection.

The Crawford County Republican Party issued a statement saying, “We wish Judge Sabrina Bell the best as she spends time focusing on her family and health. As she recently announced, she is suspending her campaign and is no longer seeking the Republican nomination for Judge.”

All suspects are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.