Three THPD officers on administrative leave pending FBI investigation

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The FBI is now involved after allegations were made concerning area law enforcement, according Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt.

Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen issued a statement Tuesday night acknowledging “an allegation of improper conduct” regarding three THPD officers. Keen noted the officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, and referred any further questions to the Vigo County Prosecutor’s office.

Modesitt declined to disclose any specifics about the incident or the officers involved; however, he noted there were multiple allegations. He said it was protocol to use an independent agency not involved in the incident to conduct the investigation.

“In the present case with regard to an allegation that was made, we have contacted the FBI,” he said, later noting there were three local law enforcement agencies involved.

Officials say the FBI was selected due to three other agencies being present during the incident.

The length of the investigation depends on several factors, but Modesitt said it could take up to a month to complete.

“It depends on what the FBI discovers and determines what needs to be done,” Modesitt said. “My guess is that we will know something within the next two to four weeks but, again, it depends on how far it continues to expand.”

Modesitt also says the FBI results could determine if a special prosecutor should handle the investigation moving forward.

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