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Special judge requested in Sheriff Gladieux battery case

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – Authorities have requested a special judge to rule in the case against Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux.

The request was confirmed in case documents today.

The move would seemingly avoid potential conflicts of interest that could arise if an Allen County judge were to oversee the case.

A similar action was taken during the investigation, when Rodney Cummings from Madison County was named Special Prosecutor.

As ABC21 has extensively reported, Gladieux reached a pre-trial agreement with Cummings. The agreement requires Gladieux to pay a $334 fee, complete alcohol and anger management programs and make a public apology.

If Gladieux completes the agreement, a misdemeanor battery charge will be dismissed. Gladieux denies the battery allegation.

This story began during the Three Rivers Festival in July.

An investigator for the Indiana State Police says Gladieux moved a fence so he could use a portable restroom at Headwaters Park, prompting a 15-year old male TRF volunteer to approach and ask if he had a badge permitting him to be in the closed off area.

Court documents say Sheriff Gladieux– who was with friends at the festival that night and was drinking– eventually pushed the boy down, and that he injured his lower back when he fell on a metal stake holding up a tent.

The sheriff claims the boy put his hands on him first, but Gladieux released a statement saying, “In retrospect, I believe that I could and should have handled the entirety of the situation with more professionalism. For that, I am deeply sorry.”

Brien McElhatten

Brien McElhatten anchors the evening weekday newscasts at ABC21.

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