Terre Haute police officer ‘relieved of duties’ after domestic battery arrest

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Terre Haute police officer has been relieved of his duties following a domestic battery, according to a press release from the department.

Jeremy Bales pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday morning on charges stemming from an off-duty incident at his residence in the county March 3.

“Based on the allegations and circumstances, Officer Bales was placed on immediate relief of duty at the scene, and his departmental firearm, badge and vehicle were removed from his use,” THPD Chief Shawn Keen said. “The Terre Haute Police Merit Commission was also notified of Officer Bales’ leave status.”

Under merit rules, the commission will “determine if the member should be suspended pending resolution of the criminal action, and if such suspension is to be with or without pay.”

Bales remained on release Tuesday following his court appearance; however, he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. He was also ordered to undergo an anger management evaluation at the Hamilton Center, and will not be allowed to possess a firearm or other deadly weapons.

Bales has been with the department for six years and was most recently assigned to the patrol division.

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