Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers addresses misconduct charges against jail officers

Live coverage of Sheriff Brad Rogers’ press conference misconduct charges.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. | Updated on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers addressed charges filed this week against two former officers at the Elkhart County Jail.

"We will not tolerate misconduct in this sheriff's department," Rogers said at a news conference on Wednesday morning, May 14. “Whether short-handed or not, I will not tolerate a failure of character in our staff.”

Rogers said in the press conference the sheriff’s department will act professionally toward those who are being held accountable.

“We police ourselves and the sheriff will hold a high standard of good character for the duty entrusted to us by the public,” he said. 

Any further information on the cases will have to come from the prosecutor’s office, Rogers said.

The Elkhart County Prosecutor announced charges against the officers on Tuesday, May 13. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker was present at the press conference, but declined to comment on the investigation.

Rogers also announced the arrest of a suspect in the March 30 murder of Anthony Botello Perez at the Deer Creeke Apartments.

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. Vandekeere’s charges were also filed through Superior Court 2. 

Reporter Sharon Hernandez contributed to this report.


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