Deputy Mike Fogle
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A former Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department deputy will not serve any extended jailtime after he was sentenced Thursday afternoon.
Mike Fogle had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in Dearborn Superior Court II on August 4. That agreement which will put Fogle on probation for more than seven years was accepted Thursday by Judge Sally Blankenship.
The deputy was arrested April 29 for turning in time sheets which included hours he had not worked for federally funded overtime. Fogle was paid for approximately 70 hours during which he did not log any radio communications.
He voluntarily resigned from the department afterwards.
Fogle, 47, was charged with Forgery, Theft, Attempted Theft, Obstruction of Justice, and two counts of Perjury. He pleaded guilty to the Forgery and Official Misconduct charges while the others were dismissed.
For the plea, Fogle will serve seven years and 117 days on probation. The Forgery charge carried a maximum sentence of eight years and the Official Misconduct carried three years. The sentences which will run concurrently were suspended to probation with credit for 248 days already served both in jail and while on in-home incarceration.
Fogle must also pay $7,731.15 to the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department for the wrongly-paid overtime he received and the department’s associated legal fees.
The former deputy made a misstep while out of jail awaiting his sentence. He was re-arrested Monday on a bond revocation after he violated terms of his bond. He failed to inform his corrections officer that he was leaving the state August 5. A court document said he had gone to Famous Dave’s Barbecue restaurant in Florence.
“He is prepared to pay his restitution and get on with his life and raising his children,” defense attorney Brian Newcomb told the judge, adding that the recent re-arrest for bond revocation may be the best thing to happen to Fogle because he now understands that there is no gray area in the rules of his probation.
“He will be a compliant probationer,” said Newcomb.
Newcomb said Fogle would have the restitution paid by the end of the day Thursday.
Fogle was to be released from jail immediately following the sentencing hearing. He was ordered to report straight to the probation office.