Hobart police officer charged with two additional felonies on Friday

2013-02-08T19:30:00Z 2013-02-11T14:22:47Z Hobart police officer charged with two additional felonies on FridayDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Officer Kirk Homoky pocketed $20 from an ashtray during a Sept. 30, 2010, drug-related traffic stop, police said.

The alleged theft of the cash, reported by two police officers, is at the base of two additional charges filed Friday against Homoky in Lake County court. The two Class D felony charges filed against Homoky include theft and official misconduct, police said.

Homoky, 37, who remains on administrative leave without pay, also is facing two counts of fraud on a financial institution and one count of theft that were filed Monday.

In the most recent charges, two Hobart police officers said they were conducting a traffic stop when there was an allegation by the driver that $20 had been taken from his ashtray, court documents state.

The officers instructed the driver to get out of his car after they smelled burnt marijuana, court documents state.

After the search, the driver was told to get back into his car. He asked about the $20, which he said was missing, court documents state.

After a brief search for the missing money, Homoky, who was off duty, removed $20 from his pocket and gave it to the driver, court documents state.

The incident was reported to Homoky's supervisor, court documents said.

Homoky's attorney, Christopher Cooper, said the latest round of charges may be due to a dispute between two couples: Homoky and his wife and a Hobart police detective and the detective's wife. Cooper declined to name the detective or his wife.

"The latest round of charges is because of a mistaken belief that Mrs. Homoky has said negative things about the detective's wife, and that's not the case," Cooper said.

Cooper said he has written a letter to attorney Dan Whitten, representing police administration, and asked that the alleged harassing phone calls made by the detective and his wife to his client's family be halted.

The Board of Public Works on Wednesday placed Homoky on unpaid administrative leave after charges were filed against him Monday.

Interim Police Chief Vance Thompson and Whitten requested that Homoky be put on unpaid leave.

Neither could be reached for comment Friday.

The charges filed Monday were part of an ongoing investigation reported by police Detective Jeremy Ogden.

Ogden was told by the manager at Stardust Bowl, 3925 E. 81st Ave., that Homoky had worked security for him between Feb. 18, 2010, and Feb. 24, 2010, for a total of 3.5 hours, according to court records.

Manager Dan Barton said Homoky or someone else picked up seven checks he wasn't entitled to and cashed them, records state.

The checks, totaling $492.80, were later cashed, court documents state.

Homoky was suspended Nov. 19 by former Police Chief Jeff White, who attempted to fire Homoky from the department, citing insubordination.

White agreed to drop the insubordination charge and concentrate on the internal investigation against Homoky at the Dec. 5 Board of Public Works meeting.

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