Protective Order Filed Against Sergeant Currently Under Investigation

A sergeant at the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office remains on paid administrative leave as investigators continue looking into the complaint filed against him. However, Eyewitness News has learned a protective order filed against the sergeant is now apparently part of the investigation.

A sergeant at the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office remains on paid administrative leave as investigators continue looking into the complaint filed against him. However, Eyewitness News has learned a protective order filed against the sergeant is now apparently part of the investigation.

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 the week of April 14th, Sheriff Williams said. Sgt. Baumberger is the sergeant that oversees training at the VCSO.

The investigation was prompted by the complaint which has been described as an 'intimidation' or 'stalking' complaint, according to multiple sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The woman who filed the complaint also recently filed a protective order against Sgt. Baumberger, according to sources.

The woman filed for the protective order on Wednesday, April 23rd, according to court records. We have withheld the woman's name to protect her identity.
 
Court records show Judge Robert Pigman recused himself from the case due to a conflict of interest. The case was then reassigned to Judge Wayne Trockman, according to court records.

Judge Trockman granted the woman's petition for a protective order against Sgt. Baumberger, according to court records. However, the Court sealed the record, closing off from public view what is typically a public record.

The judge noted 'there is an ongoing criminal investigation concerning [the] matters contained herein and therefore seals the record,' according to the court docket.

That would change two days later.

Sgt. Baumberger's attorney filed a motion to correct error and asked for a hearing on the petition for order of protection. After reviewing the docket, the Court modified the entry 'to reflect that there is an ongoing investigation concerning this matter and not an ongoing *criminal* investigation,' according to court records.

Despite the change the protective order remains sealed.
 
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams told Eyewitness News last week that he had not seen the contents of the sealed protective order.

"I was made aware that there was protective order filed against [Sgt. Baumberger]," Sheriff Williams said. "Generally, we try to keep track any time, any kind of court document gets filed and lists an employee's name."

Citing an open investigation, Sheriff Williams did not want to appear on camera.

Our repeated attempts to contact Sgt. Baumberger have been unsuccessful.

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.

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