Eyewitness News has learned a high-ranking member of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an administrative investigation. The move comes after a complaint was recently filed against the sergeant, officials said.
Sgt. Darren Baumberger, a 15 year veteran of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Sheriff Eric Williams. The investigation started when the Professional Standards Unit received a complaint against Sgt. Baumberger last week, Sheriff Williams said.
Other than saying it's not criminal in nature, Sheriff Williams would not elaborate on the complaint, citing an ongoing investigation. However, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, the complaint was filed by a female citizen.
The administrative investigation into that complaint is in it's early stages, Sheriff Williams said.
"In many cases, we'll [put a deputy on administrative leave] to protect the integrity of the deputy, the integrity of the complaint and the integrity of the investigation," Sheriff Williams said, adding that the decision is in an effort to ensure that all of the concerned parties can be separated. By doing that, Sheriff Williams said, investigators can effectively determine what really happened.
It's unclear how long Sgt. Baumberger will be on paid leave but the possibility exists that it could continue until the investigation is complete, Sheriff Williams said.
We reached out to Sgt. Baumberger. He denied any wrong doing, calling the complaint 'bogus.'
Sgt. Baumberger has yet to be formally interviewed as part of the investigation, according to Sheriff Williams.
We'll keep you updated.
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