DANVILLE — Hendricks County Sheriff's Department deputies Jason and Teresa Woods will face a termination hearing March 26 as a result of possible criminal actions.
Jason, 41, has been with the department for 15 years and Teresa has been a deputy for three years. The two, who are husband and wife, were suspended March 12.
Hendricks County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Lt. Jim Yetter said the termination hearing will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hendricks County Government Center.
“The reason (Sheriff Dave Galloway) is asking for their termination is that they have violated certain rules and regulations and the sheriff is asking for them to be terminated due to violating those rules and regulations,” Yetter said.
Yetter said the specific violations are lack of performance of duty/enforcement, lack of performance of duty/required action, failure to take action on or report criminal information, and conduct unbecoming of an officer.
“The biggest (violation) was conduct unbecoming to an officer … that was the one the sheriff said right off the top,” he said.
The department was alerted of the alleged misconduct as a result of an outside investigation being conducted by the Indiana State Police and federal agents, Yetter said. Because the investigation is from outside agencies, the department is not able to comment on the exact nature of the criminal investigation, as it could jeopardize it.
“This all came to light stemming from an outside agency doing a criminal investigation on these two,” Yetter said. “That’s what I cannot speak about. That is an investigation that is outside of our department and we have been told by the investigating agency that we are not to speak of it because it is an ongoing investigation.”
Yetter said that is department protocol.
“If it’s a criminal investigation, we do not comment,” he said. “If it was just our personal, internal investigation, we could speak of it. What is happening is, we have different agencies that are conducting a separate criminal investigation and so … we are not at liberty to discuss any of the details of the criminal investigation because it is outside agencies doing that. We don’t want to jeopardize any investigations. We can only speak about what we did as a department. Our actions were basically internal, based on violations of our rules and regulations.”