ELKHART — The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against two Elkhart County corrections officers for crimes related to their official duties and resulting from two independent investigations by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.
According to a press release from the prosecutor’s office, former officer Adrian J. Long is charged with sexual misconduct by service provider with detainee, a Class C felony. His bond is set at $20,000. The charges come following an investigation after the incident reportedly took place in April. Long resigned his position during the investigation.
The charge was filed through Superior Court 2, and a warrant has been issued for Long’s arrest, according to court files.
Aaron M. Vandekeere is charged with trafficking with an inmate, a Class C felony, and trafficking with an inmate as a Class A misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for a Class C felony is eight years in prison. The maximum sentence for a Class A misdemeanor is a year in prison.
Additional charges are under consideration, according to the press release. Vandekeere’s bond is set at $25,000.
An investigation in April found that a corrections officer was offering to smuggle cigarettes, lighters, cellphones and phone cards into the jail. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by the Elkhart County Interdiction and Convert Enforcement (ICE) Unit.
According to the press release, Vandekeere contacted an undercover officer via telephone and met with the undercover officer April 17, 2014, to acquire the contraband and payment. This contraband was then allegedly passed to an inmate in the jail.
Vandekeere was arrested April 25 after attempting to smuggle a cellphone and giving it to an inmate. He was fired after his arrest.