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Poland resident, girlfriend arrested for making false allegations

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Christopher C. Harbaugh
A Clay County man and his juvenile girlfriend have been taken into custody after making false allegations of sexual battery against a trooper assigned to the Putnamville Post.

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.


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I'm glad the Trooper in this matter was cleared of all charges. Word of advice for you, Chris - grow up or the next thing we see you in the paper for will be statutory rape.

-- Posted by Emmes on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 3:55 PM

WELL PEOPLE WHO LEAVE COMMENTS SHOULD KNOW THERE FACTS BEFOR COMMENTING IT BLOWS ME AWAY HOW PEOPLE RUSH TO JUDGEMENT ON THINGS I GUESS IT SHOWS THERE IGNORANCE ON CERTAIN THINGS HE IS IN THE WRONG WITH THE FALSE REPORT BUT AS OF HIS UNDERAGE GIRLFRIEND THEY ARE MAKING THIS AN ISSUE WHICH OBVIOUSLY WHOEVER WROTE THE STORY KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT HE HAS BEEN DATING THIS GIRL SINCE HE WAS 16 YRS OLD THERE IS AN AGE GAP BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM OF 1YR AND 9 MONTHS AND AS FOR HIM BEING 19 YRS OLD DO YOUR RESEARCH CORRECTLY HE IS 18 STILL AN ADULT BUT AS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE THESE ARTICLES GET YOUR HEADLINES RIGHT BEFOR YOU PRINT AN ARTICLE HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND MADE A HUGE MISTAKE ITS NOT LIKE THEY KILLED A COP PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HE IS A GOOD KID WHO MADE A BAD DECISION CHRISTOPHER YOU WILL ALLWAYS BE MY FRIEND PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES AND PEOPLE WILL JUMP TO THERE CONCLUSIONS YOU ARE YOUNG AND MADE A BAD CHOICE YOU ARE STILL A VERY GOOD PERSON EVERYBODY ALLWAYS HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE N THERE CLOSET THAT COMMENTS SO HANG IN THERE AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED AND CARED ABOUT BY ALOT OF PEOPLE

-- Posted by FASTFACT33 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 6:57 PM

I agree everyone makes mistakes but the mistake this young man and his girlfriend made could have a ruined an innocent man's carrier. If you do something wrong you should have to pay the price however for this officer some people wont remember that he was found innocent of the allegations but will remember that somebody made these accusations. To the officer involved may the rest of your carrier and life be wonderful. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by proudresident on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 9:53 PM

To make accusations of that nature and then to say "ITS NOT LIKE THEY KILLED A COP" you had better think again whoever you are that likes to shout! These 2 individuals killed this trooper's reputation by completely disregarding the differences between right and wrong...truth and LIES! They both should have been spanked when they were were children! And you condone this by dismissing it as a "mistake!" That in itself is totally absurd.

Here's the facts:

They got pulled over and Mr. Harbaugh was issued a citation

According to the paper, 9 DAYS, 9 DAYS later she made a very serious allegation against the Trooper.

After an investigation the allegations against the Trooper were found to be false.

Those are the facts as they have been presented to the people in the newspaper.

Did we miss something? You can justify this to your little self all you want but it still boils down to the FACT that they were in the WRONG and tried to do some serious damge to this Trooper's reputation and career.

BTW...puncuation goes a long way!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 12:27 PM

Just to clarify, the age of consent is 16, and like it or not there is no such thing as statutory rape in the State of Indiana. That being said, I know Trooper McFadden and it is a shame that he had to defend himself against such cruel accusations. I hope that they both have learned a valuable lesson from this, but I doubt it.

Sorry, but proudresident I cant help myself.... the word you are looking for is career not carrier. I certainly hope the troopers career is not tarnished by their stupidity.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 10:21 PM


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