BUNKER HILL, Ind. – Indiana State Police arrested the former town marshal of Bunker Hill Monday on five criminal charges including official misconduct, obstruction of justice, forgery, and aiding the impersonation of a public servant.
Aaron Dague also faces a misdemeanor count of aid/induce unlawful use of a police radio.
Dague is accused of providing false police credentials for an acquaintance and his Bunker Hill police badge.
The acquaintance used the credentials when hired as a security guard for an Indianapolis security firm, records show.
Dague is also accused of providing an email from his office requesting his acquaintance be allowed to monitor and broadcast on local Indianapolis police radio frequencies when working security, according to Indiana State Police.
“Dague did not have the authority to hire his acquaintance as a police officer,” ISP said in a statement provided to RTV6. “The acquaintance was not a sworn Bunker Hill deputy marshal.”
As Call 6 Investigates reported last year, the town council fired Dague citing conduct unbecoming an officer.
Dague served as town marshal for Bunker Hill from February 14 to December 8, 2017.
Dague stepped in to replace Michael Thomison, who was town marshal when the entire Bunker Hill police force resigned in December 2016.
“That was all past issues and I know how I want the department to operate and to run,” Dague told Call 6 Investigates in June 2017. “So, I don't have any concern. It’s all changing and it’s all positive."
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is responding to police calls from Bunker Hill residents.
Call 6 Investigates was unable to reach Dague for comment.
The firing of the town marshal comes as Bunker Hill grapples with its former clerk-treasurer, Lisa Wilson, facing criminal charges for theft and official misconduct after a state police investigation found she pocketed taxpayer money to pay her own utility and credit card bills.
The town of Bunker Hill has a population of 875 and is six square miles.
In 2015, former Bunker Hill Court Clerk Careena Byers was convicted on forgery charges.
Andrea Newnum, the town of Bunker Hill Clerk-Treasurer, resigned this month.
Newnum took over when Wilson resigned in November 2015.
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