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Allen County sheriff faces misdemeanor charge in Three Rivers Festival incident

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – The special prosecutor investigating allegations of the Allen County Sheriff assaulting a teenager at the Three Rivers Festival decided to file a misdemeanor charge.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings filed his decision Thursday during a visit to Fort Wayne. Cummings was appointed to oversee the case back in July.

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Cummings filed a class A misdemeanor battery charge against Sheriff David Gladieux in relation to the incident. He determined with Gladieux and his attorney to resolve the case through a pretrial deferral program.

As a part of the agreement, Gladieux will pay a $334 fee and make a public apology. He will also complete an alcohol treatment program and anger management program. He will be under the supervision of the prosecutor’s deferral program for a year.

ABC21 previously reported the disturbance involved Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux. While police would not release the incident report or comment on it, multiple sources told us the incident involved a locked area near temporary bathrooms where Gladieux allegedly pushed a teenage festival volunteer, who reportedly fell into something metal and sustained minor injuries.

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The Allen County Coroner is the only one who can arrest the Sheriff, according to Indiana law. ABC21 previously reached out to Allen County Coroner Dr. Craig Nelson, who told us he was never asked to serve a warrant for an arrest for Sheriff David Gladieux.

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Fort Wayne Police Department spokeswoman Sofia Rosales-Scatena said the department turned over the investigation to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, which subsequently asked Indiana State Police to take control.

The FWPD denied ABC21’s repeated requests for the police report of the incident. The prosecutor’s office also denied our request for the report, citing the “investigatory records” exemption in Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act.

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ABC21 received a police log from City of Fort Wayne’s Law Department. The report, which was heavily redacted, left the public mostly in the dark about what happened that night.

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Sheriff Gladieux was re-elected in November 2018.

Corinne Rose reported this story.

Jacob Burbrink

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