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Elkhart Sheriff talks about misconduct of officers

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Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers discussed the arrest of two of his corrections officers Wednesday morning.

Rogers wouldn't say much instead opting to direct questions to the Prosecutor's Office, but he did make this statement:

"We will not tolerate misconduct here at the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. Our vision states in part the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department employees will always strive to serve our community through our core values. The core values of our department include integrity, where we are committed to achieving the highest standards of performance, ethical conduct, and truthfulness on and off duty. We will act professionally to all persons being accountable for our actions. Whether short-handed or not, I will not tolerate a failure of character in my staff. We police ourselves and the office of sheriff will continue to uphold a high standard of good character, for the duty entrusted in us by the public."

The two officers worked at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility.

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

When asked how they could prevent something like this from happening again Rogers said, "We will always continue to keep the core values as central to our focus in selection process and being diligent and policing ourselves."

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. The sheriff's department fired him when he was arrested.

When asked if they would reexamine their policies moving forward Rogers said, "Our policies are sound, it's the misconduct, it's the lack of character in people that caused the problems."


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