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May 14, 2014

Sheriff Rogers: Misconduct by staff will not be tolerated at the jail

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers had a press conference at the Elkhart County Jail this morning to talk about the arrest of two former jail officers.

"We will not tolerate misconduct here at the ECSD," he said. "Our vision states, in part, the ECSD employees will always strive to serve our community through our core values. The core values of our department include integrity where we are committed to achieving the highest standards of performance, ethical conduct and truthfulness, on and off duty. We will act professionally to all persons and be accountable for our actions.

"Whether short-handed or not, I will not tolerate the failure of character in my staff. We police ourselves, and the office of sheriff will continue to uphold the high standard of good character for the duty entrusted to us by the public."

Adrian J. Long, 24, and Aaron M. Vandekeere, 22, have been charged with crimes related to their official duties, prosecutors said Tuesday. The charges, filed Thursday of last week, stemmed from two investigations by Elkhart County police.

Prosecutors said that in April, corrections investigators with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department started an investigation into an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between a female inmate and Long, who at that time was employed as an Elkhart County corrections officer. Long has since resigned that position.

As a result of the investigation, prosecutors charged Long with sexual misconduct by service provider with detainee, a Class C felony punishable by up to eight years in prison. Prosecutors said Long turned himself in to police, and his bond is set at $20,000.

In a separate investigation in April, corrections investigators with the sheriff’s department developed information alleging that a corrections officer was offering to smuggle contraband into the Elkhart County Correctional Facility. During the course of the investigation, Elkhart County police requested assistance from the Elkhart County Interdiction and Convert Enforcement (ICE) Unit.

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