According to information on file at the Clay County Courthouse, Sorrels, 27, Brazil, was formally arraigned on allegations from a warrant issued from Clay Circuit Court on new theft allegations Monday.
The formal charging information provided by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office shows the class D theft charge is the result of an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department into misappropriation of $300 in payroll funds at the CCHS.
Sorrels appeared before Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout to be advised of the penalties and his rights. Attorney Geoffrey Creason was appointed counsel in the matter, which is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 29.
However, this case is not the only legal trouble for Sorrels.
Sorrels is facing other charges based on an investigation into various incidents from March 24-June 29, particularly his alleged involvement in the unauthorized release of 16 dogs from the shelter on May 11.
Although unable to comment on pending legal matters filed specifically against Sorrels, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger was able to explain how the two separate matters would be handled by his office.
"Although these new allegations involve the same employer and same employee, these are two separate incidents," Reberger told The Brazil Times. "The two matters will be tried independently from each other."
Appearing July 6, Sorrels was charged with class D felony obstruction of justice, class D felony official misconduct, class D felony theft and two counts of class A misdemeanors, including false informing/reporting, and deception in Clay Circuit Court.
According to probable cause affidavits on file at the Clay County Courthouse, Sorrels, in his capacity as a public servant, manager and caretaker of the shelter facility, falsely reported to Clay County Sheriff's Department officials the lock on the outside pen at the shelter was allegedly cut, and 16 dogs were released May 11. The majority of the dogs were later recovered from alleged "dumpsites" officials confirmed were located near Raccoon Lake in Parke County, Seelyville, Cory and various other rural areas in Clay County.
During the subsequent investigation in which the CCHS board members, employees and volunteers fully cooperated, it is alleged Sorrels knowingly presented false information and evidence to mislead authorities at least twice of his involvement.
While interviewing several witnesses about missing items donated to the shelter, investigators discovered evidence Sorrels allegedly accepted a "$50 bill" payment on at least one occasion to falsify paperwork for an unidentified person serving court-ordered community service through Clay Community Corrections at the shelter.
A jury trial for this separate matter is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18.