ELKHART — An Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been formally charged following an incident in which he violated a protective order.
Patrolman William J. Long, 37, of Middlebury, was formally charged in Superior Court 6 with violation of a protective order, a class A misdemeanor, and damaging or defacing property of another person without their consent, a Class B misdemeanor.
The maximum sentence for a class A misdemeanor is one year in prison.
Capt. Jim Bradberry from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department said Long remains on leave until his case is completed.
Long was arrested April 23 at about 7:15 p.m. outside a residence in the 56600 block of C.R. 3. Long had arrived at the house to pick up some items from inside because of a “domestic situation.” Long is going through a divorce. No one was home at the time.
Long, a seven-year veteran, called the sheriff’s department to ask for a standby. However, the sheriff’s department does not conduct standbys in many situations, unless ordered by the court or during an ongoing investigation. Nonetheless, Long went to the house and kicked in the door to retrieve his items.
Shortly after, without leaving the scene, Long called the sheriff’s department again to tell them what he had done. A supervisor from the sheriff’s department called the Indiana State Police to handle the investigation.
Police learned Long had been issued a protective order, which he violated at least in part by approaching and entering the residence where his ex-wife lives.
Long was booked in the Elkhart County Jail and released that same night on a $1,500 bond.
According to court documents, Long waived his initial hearing, and the court scheduled a status conference June 19 and a plea hearing July 7.