Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy accused of sexual misconduct

Accusation comes one week after DOJ report

INDIANAPOLIS - A jail deputy was fired Wednesday afternoon after he was accused of sexual misconduct charges, officials said.

Warren Hoosier, a 13-year member of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, inappropriately touched a female inmate that was in his custody as he escorted her within the jail last Friday, authorities said.

The inmate complained to a captain and the matter was turned over to the criminal division to investigate.

Hoosier gave a confession to investigators and confirmed the inmate’s accusations.

He was fired by Sheriff John Layton later Wednesday.

“This arrest was most unfortunate. Hoosier had been a good officer for many years. However, he committed a terrible offense at a time when we are highlighting our concern over possible staff sexual misconduct. I thank the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division for a prompt and thorough investigation. Once again, we have demonstrated that no one is above the law, and we have zero tolerance for lawbreakers of all types,” Layton said.

Sheriff’s investigators said they would meet with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to seek criminal charges.

The firing comes a week after the Department of Justice published a report that found there was staff sexual misconduct in the jails’ intake facility in 2011.

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