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Detective resigns from sheriff's dept.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A Grant County Sheriff’s Department detective is under investigation by the Indiana State Police who are looking inot allegations of theft and official misconduct, according to Tony Slocum, public information officer for the ISP Peru Post.

Det. Lt. Shelby Taylor’s 22 years of service to the Sheriff’s Department ended Tuesday, as Taylor resigned from his position after the start of an internal investigation.

Chief Deputy Tim Holtzleiter said the Sheriff Department’s internal investigation began Monday, when an employee within the department reported concerns to Sheriff’s Department administration.

ISP began its investigation Tuesday at the request of the Sheriff’s Department, Slocum said. Detective Josh Maller will be the lead investigator.

Slocum said ISP will be conducting a “standard” investigation into the report, interviewing any potential witnesses, suspects and reviewing any paperwork that may be relevant.

“It’s so early in the investigation … we don’t have a lot of information,” Slocum said.

ISP will not be releasing further information about the case until an arrest is made, Slocum said.

The internal investigation at the Sheriff’s Department will continue even as the case has been forwarded to ISP.

The Sheriff’s Department has not had any reports of misconduct regarding Taylor in the past, as far as Holtzleiter knew.

However, Taylor is singled out in an ongoing lawsuit against the Grant County Sheriff’s Department that alleges Taylor presented “false” and “fabricated” information to a court, which led to the arrest of Oak Hill teacher Mitchel Hueston on charges of child seduction in 2017. Hueston’s charges were dismissed several months later.

Hueston also alleges in his complaint that Taylor sent Oak Hill his case file “in an effort to get (Hueston) terminated from his position as a teacher,” which the complaint argued is a violation of Hueston’s rights.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court – Northern District of Indiana on Jan. 31 this year.

The Sheriff’s Department denied Hueston’s accusations regarding Taylor and requested a jury trial in its response.

Holtzleiter said the current investigation is not related to Hueston’s lawsuit against Taylor and the Sheriff’s Department.