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Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:00 am

Prosecutor picked in Gladieux inquiry

Sheriff still runs department, stays mum

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings will serve as the special prosecutor as an alleged incident involving Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux continues to be investigated. 

In a disturbance late Tuesday at the Three Rivers Festival, the sheriff reportedly had an argument with a 15-year-old festival volunteer who may have received an injury.

On Wednesday, the Indiana State Police said the Allen County prosecutor's office had requested the agency investigate.

“He (the sheriff) hasn't been charged with anything,” Steve Stone, Allen County Sheriff's Department public information officer, said. “The sheriff can't say anything. It's in the hands of his attorney. 

“He's not on leave. He's very much in charge of his department,” Stone added. 

Stone said Allen County criminal defense attorney Anthony Churchward had been retained by Gladieux. Churchward did not return phone calls Friday evening.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards filed a petition seeking a special prosecutor. 

“All parties are ethically unable to comment any further,” a prosecutor's statement said Friday. 

Jack Hammer, Three Rivers Festival executive director, said he would not be able to comment because the investigation is ongoing. 

“We stand by our volunteers,” Hammer said, adding he had issued no statement on behalf of the festival.

jduffy@jg.net