Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 28th, 2019
According to Lynn Deddens, Indiana, Dearborn County Prosecutor; Nicholas Myers will serve approximately three years probation for an official felony misconduct and misdemeanor battery.
Under Indiana’s law(s) A battery charge that is considered a Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Also, The law regarding misdemeanor battery in Indiana is so broad that you can commit the crime without even touching a person. Yet, misdemeanor battery charges can still lead to heavy fines and time in jail. In Indiana almost any kind of altercation in can lead to a misdemeanor battery charge and strict criminal penalties.
Under IC 35-42-2-1(c), Indiana defines battery as a person who knowingly or intentionally: Touches another person in a rude, insolent, or angry manner; or In a rude, insolent, or angry manner places any bodily fluid or waste on another person.
Subsequently the Lawrenceburg police officer entered a guilty plea for sexually assaulting a friend while he was on duty. Shortly thereafter he resigned.
Prosecutor Deddens continue to say, in May of 2019 Myers met the 21-year-old victim at the Lawrenceburg Police Department and Myers agreed to give the woman $40 to help pay a cell phone bill.
Deddens added the woman decides to meet with Myers at the Police Department because she though it’s the safest place for them to meet.
Additionally, as the woman arrived, Myers took her into his office and began kissing hSupposedly, pursuant to the woman saying that she needs to leave, the officer proceeded to forcibly handled her in the Police Department conference room.
Accordingly, Prosecutor Deddens had this to say, during this incident the officer was both in uniform and on duty.
Under Indiana’s law(s) an official misconduct, a Level 6 felony. In breaking the statute down, it is more than just a charge for the public official who commits a crime. … If a public servant is acting in the course of their duties and commits a crime while doing so, they can be convicted of official misconduct
Deddens continues to be extremely compelling and had this to say; “Our law enforcement officers must be above reproach,” “Officer Myers preyed upon a vulnerable young female while working in his official capacity, committing the act of battery and violating his oath of office and to the public.”
Predicated on the information received, The Indiana State Police are handling the investigation on this matter.