VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana Department of Correction has arrested an Indiana parole officer on charges relating to Burglary, Obstruction and Official Misconduct.
Late last month, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says they received information that an Indiana State Parole Officer, 41-year-old Michael Dodge, planned and assisted in a burglary that happened in December 2019.
The Sheriff’s Office says the evidence showed Dodge participated in the burglary of a residence in the Lamasco area of Evansville.
Authorities say, at the time of the burglary, Dodge was armed and working in an off-duty capacity as a law enforcement officer.
Investigators say they arranged a meeting with Dodge, telling him they were planning to serve a high-risk warrant.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dodge was placed under arrest.
During an interview, authorities say Dodge admitted to his involvement in the burglary and cooperated with investigators.
“Anytime there’s an allegation of criminal action involving a member of the Department of Correction, we assign our own investigative personnel to work directly with our local law enforcement partners”, said James Basinger, Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the IDOC. “This joint agency cooperation helps ensure a thorough investigation to identify those who violate the public trust and hold them accountable for their alleged criminal acts.”
The Indiana Department of Correction confirms that Dodge was working as a parole officer since June 2016, and will be suspended without pay, pending termination of his employment.
Sheriff Dave Wedding said, “I would like to thank the Department of Correction for their assistance with this investigation. Our two agencies have always worked extremely well together, and that will continue. Thankfully, misconduct such as this is rare. The public should have confidence that local and state law enforcement agencies will always hold their personnel accountable.”
Dodge was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on Tuesday, and is being held on $10,000 bond.
(This story was originally published on May 6, 2020)