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Indiana State trooper arrested, charged in alleged sexual battery
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Indiana State trooper arrested, charged in alleged sexual battery

Ryan Griffith

Indiana State Trooper Ryan Griffith

An Indiana State trooper was arrested Thursday morning and faces two criminal charges on allegations of touching a female in an unwanted manner while off duty in February.

Ryan Griffith, a four-year veteran of the force, is charged with felony sexual battery and a misdemeanor count of false reporting, state police said.

Coming Sunday, see a day in the life of Michigan City Police Officer Brian Wright.

The incident in question allegedly took place Feb. 27 at a private home in Crawford County, according to police.

The allegations were reported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, which handed the investigation over to state police in Jasper.

Griffith is accused of providing false information to investigators, police said. The findings of the investigation were turned over to a special prosecutor, who filed the charges in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Griffith was taken into custody without incident in Crawford County, where he was being held on a $7,500 cash bond.

"He has been placed on administrative leave without pay until the conclusion of the criminal proceedings, at which time, an internal investigation will be conducted to determine departmental discipline," state police said.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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