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Two Elkhart County corrections officers facing charges

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Adrian Long (left) and Aaron Vandekeere (right) (Courtesy Elkhart County Sheriff's Department) Adrian Long (left) and Aaron Vandekeere (right) (Courtesy Elkhart County Sheriff's Department)
Two Elkhart County corrections officers are facing criminal charges following investigations into misconduct. Though the crimes are unrelated, both officers were charged last week.

Adrian Long is accused of having an "inappropriate sexual relationship" with a female inmate.  Long resigned following an April investigation into the incident.  He is charged with sexual misconduct by service provider with detainee.  That is punishable with up to 8 years in prison.  He is currently in custody with a bond set at $20,000.

Aaron Vandekeere is charged with Trafficking with an Inmate.  The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says they were investigating allegations that a corrections officer was offering to smuggle contraband in the county correctional facility in April when Vandekeere came to their attention.  According to reports from police, Vandekeere contacted an undercover officer to get "contraband" and then met again to get an operation cell phone and phone card that he then gave to an inmate. 

Police arrested him on April 25.  If convicted, Vandekeere could also spend up to 8 years in prison.  He is being held on $25,000 bond.  The sheriff's department fired him when he was arrested.

FOX28 News will be at the news conference and bring you continuing coverage on-air and here on fox28.com.
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