Prosecutor Under Fire, Accused Of Staking Out Deputy's Home

Report: Brad Cooper May Have Been Looking For Woman

The actions of Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper are under review following accusations he staked out the home of a sheriff's deputy.

According to a Sheriff's Department incident report released Wednesday, Cooper and then-suspended Franklin police Officer Bryan Burton were pulled over in April after an off-duty sheriff's deputy spotted the men sitting in a van outside his home, 6News' Myrt Price reported.

Detective Ryan Bartlett said when he pulled the van over, Cooper was sitting in the passenger's seat, holding a can of beer and trying to hide his face, according to the report.

Cooper eventually apologized to Bartlett for watching his house, and Burton said the pair thought a Johnson County sheriff's evidence detective was at the home, according to the report.

"There is a possibility that the young lady and the prosecutor were having some sort of relationship," said Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox.

Bartlett said he had heard that Cooper, who is married, had shown up at the woman's home, sent her text messages and approached her husband.

"This is straight out of a soap opera," Cox said. "To be honest, this is nonsense conduct that, in my book, is unacceptable."

Cox said he investigated the matter and passed the results along to the Indiana Supreme Court, which handles discipline for attorneys.

The Johnson County Prosecutor's Office released a statement Wednesday saying Cooper will "continue to perform his duties as the elected prosecutor while tending to personal matters outside the office."

Burton was on unpaid suspension in connection with a criminal case involving a female police informant at the time of the traffic stop. The case has since been dismissed.

Cox said Bartlett was reprimanded for not notifying him about the incident in a timely manner.

Cooper and Bartlett declined to comment Wednesday.

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