Well-Decorated Former EPD Officer Arrested

Published 05/05 2014 03:54PM

Updated 05/05 2014 05:12PM

Vanderburgh County Jail
Steve Hicks, a former Evansville Police officer, has been arrested on misdemeanor charges of harassment and invasion of privacy. Hicks, the department's 2012 Officer of the Year, was fired by the Merit Commission back in December for inappropriate interactions with a female bartender while on-duty.

As Eyewitness News first reported on Friday, Hicks was under investigation for allegedly harassing an ex-girlfriend even after she filed a protective order against him, police said.

On April 29th, Evansville Police took a harassment report from Hicks' ex-girlfriend. According to an incident report, the woman stated that she told Hicks to stop trying to contact her but he continued to do so.

The next day, Hicks' ex-girlfriend filed for a protective order. Eyewitness News is withholding the woman's identity at this time.

Just one day after the protective order was filed, Evansville Police took another report in which Hicks allegedly sent several text messages to the victim's mother and friend, according to an EPD incident report. Hicks had already been served with the protective order at the time of the incident, according to police records.

Detectives quickly assembled a case file and obtained a warrant for Hicks' arrest. On Monday afternoon, Hicks made an appearance for a hearing on the protective order. After the hearing was over, officers arrested Hicks, police said.

Hicks is being held on a $500 bond.

However, his legal troubles may not be over.

Police took another report from Hicks' ex-girlfriend on Sunday in which she reported that the offender has continuously texted her mother trying to get the ex-girlfriend to drop the protective order, according to police records.

Evansville Police could not release the name of the suspect in that case but did confirm it's the same protective order filed against Hicks.

The victim also stated that this has been an ongoing issue and she is 'terrified to walk outside of her house or stay home alone due to the continuing harassment and past events,' according to police records. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing, police said.

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