According to a press release by Indiana State Police, on Friday, Christopher C. Harbaugh, 19, Poland, was taken into custody on a warrant issued from Clay County Circuit Court for one count of class B misdemeanor false informing and booked into the Clay County Justice Center.
The unidentified 16-year-old girlfriend, who also lives in Poland, was not jailed, but summoned into the Clay County Juvenile Justice system to answer to the allegation of misconduct.
The allegations stem from a traffic stop that occurred near the 34-mile marker of Interstate-70 July 21. After witnessing Harbaugh allegedly make an unauthorized U-turn on the interstate, ISP Senior Trooper Homer McFadden stopped the vehicle and issued Harbaugh a traffic citation.
On July 30, the juvenile female made allegations McFadden, a 10-year veteran, inappropriately touched her during the traffic stop to ISP officials.
ISP Criminal Investigation Division First Sergeant Jeff Hearon, with assistance from ISP Detective Sam Stearley and the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, conducted a subsequent investigation that determined the allegations were false.
Officials confirmed the Indiana State Police thoroughly investigates all accusations of misconduct by their employees and are committed to ensuring the trust and confidence of their men and women to the citizens of Indiana.
No further action will be taken in the investigation.
Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Harbaugh bonded out ($5,000 with 10 percent allowed) late Friday evening to await further court proceedings.