ELKHART — A formal trial date was scheduled for an Elkhart County sheriff’s deputy accused of violating a protective order in April.
Patrolman William Long, 37, of Middlebury, is charged with violating a protective order, a Class A misdemeanor; and damaging the property of another person without their consent, a Class B misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for a Class A misdemeanor is one year in prison.
During a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Elkhart’s Superior Court 6, attorney William Cohen told Judge David Bonfiglio that a trial date was never scheduled in his client’s case, and that discussions between him and the prosecutor’s office fell through. Cohen asked for a trial date to be scheduled and for more time to continue talking with the prosecuting attorney.
Bonfiglio granted the request and set a trial date of Feb. 4, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. He scheduled a pretrial conference Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
Long was arrested the evening of April 23 outside a residence in the 56600 block of C.R. 3. He was picking up some items from inside the house because of a domestic situation, but no one was home.
Long called the sheriff’s department to ask for a standby. A fellow officer told him that although the sheriff’s department does not always prohibit standbys, Long’s situation did not merit one.
Long kicked in the door of the residence to retrieve the items he had gone to pick up, but he shortly after called the sheriff’s department to tell them what he had done. The Indiana State Police took over the case, which resulted in Long’s arrest. He was booked at the Elkhart County Jail, and was released the same night on a $1,500 bond.
Capt. Jim Bradberry, public information officer for the sheriff’s department, said Long remains on paid leave.