(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard is critical of a Lawrenceburg city councilman’s request for a criminal investigation into the city.
Eagle 99.3 published the story based on first-term Councilman Doug Taylor’s public letter to the prosecutor Friday morning. Among various allegations mostly focused on Lawrenceburg city leaders, Taylor suggested that Negangard has refrained from properly investigating the wrongdoing that Taylor believes is occurring.
“I believe these individuals believe the substantial money they see to it your office gets every year buys them your discretion or protection from prosecution,” Taylor wrote.
On Friday afternoon, Negangard responded to that particular allegation. He acknowledged that he had not yet seen Taylor’s letter. The prose was dated March 14, but delivered to the prosecutor’s office Friday as Negangard was in Indianapolis on business.
Negangard said he cannot investigate or prosecute any case that is not brought to his office by a law enforcement agency. That has not happened regarding Lawrenceburg, other than Taylor himself.
“Since that time, the only investigative report I’ve received regarding any illegal conduct by an elected Lawrenceburg official is about Doug Taylor,” Negangard said. “The case is from the state police.”
The investigation Negangard mentions is separate from an ongoing 2011 criminal case against Taylor. The councilman and former policeman is fighting charges of Official Misconduct and Ghost Employment for appearing at a campaign event in his police uniform.
Negangard said he could not comment any further on the ongoing investigation concerning Taylor. No charges have been filed as the investigation is pending.
When asked for comment on the pending investigation, Tayor would only say he submitted his letter to the prosecutor in an effort to inform him of what is happening in the city.