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Trial date, venue set for Harrison

Friday, January 28, 2011

Terry Harrison
TERRE HAUTE -- A former police chief alleged to have taken federal grant money is scheduled to stand trial in the summer.

On Thursday, former Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison, 46, Brazil, along with his public defender Geoffrey Creason, appeared before Vigo Superior Court 6 Judge Michael Lewis to enter an official not guilty plea and request a change of venue for all court proceedings from Clay to Vigo County.

Lewis has been appointed special judge in the case and Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter has been appointed special prosecutor.

Due to a conflict of interest because of Harrison's previous career in law enforcement and his potential for being subpoenaed to testify in ongoing criminal cases as an investigative officer, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, along with both Superior and Circuit Courts in Clay County, are unable to participate in the prosecution of this case.

Lewis granted the change of venue request, accepted the not guilty plea and set a tentative jury trial date for July 25.

The case against Harrison is a result of misconduct allegations surfacing while he was police chief in July 2008.

According to officials, Harrison allegedly received and cashed a $2,000 grant check for funds intended to purchase car safety seats for children from the Indiana University Automotive Safety Program, but never deposited them into the official government accounts for the City of Brazil.

Officials confirmed the grant money has since been recovered.

A lengthy investigation by Indiana State Police led to Harrison being formally charged with class B felony Failure To Deposit Public Funds and class D felony Official Misconduct on Jan. 6. Harrison was taken into custody two days before (Jan. 4) at a family member's residence.

If convicted of a class B felony, the highest charge filed against Harrison at this time, the sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 6-20 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000. A conviction for the class D felony is punishable with up to six months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

Harrison, who is no longer employed by BCPD, is currently out on a $10,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed) while awaiting further court proceedings.

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A Pale Horse, what do you base your facts on reference your statement that "Law enforcement has always been corrupt in Brazil." on. I was involved with the Brazil City Police Department for 5 years and I never witnessed corruption of any kind.

-- Posted by M Reberger on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 9:40 AM

A Pale Horse is just trying to stir turds. We have and have had excellent law enforcement officers in this city and county.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 9:53 AM

M Reberger, you may have a point about generalizations being unfair, however, regarding Harrison, he has been a man lacking integrity for many years. Much of it was overlooked by previous supervisors, co-workers, friends, and even family members. Illegal behaviors, abuse of authority, untruthfulness and monetary irresponsibility in one's position are all behaviors which he must face accountability in a court of law. Punishment and restitution may equal justice for Harrison in the courts, but what about all who were let down by him?

-- Posted by lifetimeresident on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 6:11 PM

you know as many turds that happen to get flushed they still can stink up the place...i am not saying that mr. horse is correct but i am also not saying that he isnt far from the truth..only he knows but...there is alot that other people know too..mr. horse maybe we should compare stories...LOL

-- Posted by razldazl on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 10:06 PM


-- Posted by amicable on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 11:55 PM

hell the police dont get harrased like other people do we get pulled over and followed for no reason and bc of our names but you best beleave that if we were police that we wouldnt be gettn harrasedd all the time i see the police follow and harass kids all the time look for a better thing todo than mess with the kids of brazil get the crackheads first and yea ive seen terrie smoke bud and dope

-- Posted by blackknoght on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 1:02 AM

What a load of crap. I have lived in Brazil all my life, and never once have i been harassed by the police. If you get a job and mind your own business and don't be out doing all kinds of crazy crap no one will bother you in Brazil. When you look for trouble you will find trouble. One last thing i have to say is i think Terry Harrison is a great guy, and i hope he walks away from all this

-- Posted by Thorn44 on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 8:33 AM

Thorn44, I was in total agreement with you until you said you hoped Harrison walks away from all this. I would like to add, if he is not guilty, then he will walk away. But, I dont think thats the case here. I think (actually pretty sure) he is guilty and should be held accountable. No one is above the law.

It angers me when one person makes a mistake or breaks the law and everyone around them or associated with them has to take fall out for his actions. In this case local law enforcement. I also think that parents or children of a suspect should not be ridiculed because of their family members short comings. Therefore, to Terry's family, I wish you all the best and you are not responsible, nor is BPD, for his actions.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 11:00 AM

Trying a person via newspapers, and gossip before going to trial for anyone is just plain evil. A jury will decide at the time of the trial. Even if he is found not guilty, the words of accusal still hang in the air and to my way of thinking that is just sad and I mean sad for anyone who has ever been in this type of situation.

In response to M Reberger, I too have not met a corrupt policeman in Brazil City and I am sure they have better things to do than "harass kids" and I wonder what that has to do with anything about this case anyway.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 9:15 PM

Well I dont think he did it but I dont know. But I will say this we all need to rember when Officer Lambert had a stand off with the police and had his girlfriend at gun point he didnt get anything out of it. Now tell me why because he was a police officer i guess it is who you know right.

-- Posted by blue25 on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 10:52 PM

I worked with Terry professionally for many years. After getting to know him both on the job and personally, do I think he's capable of doing what he's been accused of? Sure. Did I see a lack of morals and integrity from him all those years? Sure. Do I think he's been involved in wrongdoings that were covered up by previous administrations? Absolutely. I'm also certain if they would dig a little further they would find more financial discrepencies Terry has been directly involved in. I wish a speedy and just trial for his family, as I am sure they have all suffered through this embarrassment over the years. I also hope he is truthful in his disclosures about EVERYTHING so he and his family can move on.

-- Posted by clayoriginal on Mon, Jan 31, 2011, at 9:06 AM

Thorn44: not everyone works 9-5 days and I know my husband was stopped once in the early hours of the morning by Brazil city police. He was a long haul trucker and had just gotten back from a run. He went to a mini-mart and bought donuts & a carton of milk. They stopped him saying they thought he might be under the influence. He poured his milk out for them to see. Another time many many yrs ago a friend & I were driving around & she drove by to show me where a cousin lived. A cop followed us all the way out to almost Long John Silvers and pulled us over to ask what we were doing. I think it was because we were two females & he wanted to check us out.

-- Posted by indianamama on Mon, Jan 31, 2011, at 1:13 PM

Great guy ! LoL

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Tue, Feb 1, 2011, at 11:10 PM

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