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GREENFIELD — Ex-sheriff’s Deputy Scott Roeger is expected to plead guilty in three of the criminal cases against him today in two different Hancock County courts.

Whether he is convicted of a felony charge, which would prohibit him from carrying a handgun, will determine whether the former deputy could ever again serve as a police officer.

Roeger, 33, was first arrested in October after a McCordsville woman he had dated accused him of entering her home, uninvited, in the middle of the night and smashing her things when he found another man in the home. The pair’s relationship had begun to falter in recent weeks, but the women told police she was afraid to break things off with Roeger completely, according to police reports.

Roeger, who was off duty at the time he is accused of entering the home, was charged with residential entry, a Class D felony, as well as intimidation and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

The case sparked a more thorough investigation of past complaints against Roeger from women. Within two months of the original charges, four additional criminal cases were filed against him. They comprise four felony and five misdemeanor charges.

The original case from October is one in which Roeger is expected to plead guilty today in Hancock County Superior Court 1. Roeger is scheduled to be sentenced in the case after changing his plea to guilty, according to court records.

Roeger will be seen in the same court to plead guilty in a case stemming from a 2009 domestic dispute with Roeger’s then-wife, who told police her husband struck her with a bedside lamp during an argument and broke her cellphone when she tried to call for help.

Roeger, who was put on a short paid suspension while the incident was investigated back in 2009, denied purposely hurting his wife, saying he was in fact trying to fend off her attack when she tripped and fell, bringing the lamp down on top of her. The couple was going through a divorce at the time.

The incident occurred in front of the couple’s children, one of whom told investigators she was outside on her bike, playing, when she heard her mother screaming for help. The child ran into the bedroom and saw Roeger on top of his wife, who was yelling, according to the report.

The case, in which Roeger is charged with felony domestic battery in the presence of a child, would have gone to trial in early June, but court records indicate both sides mutually agreed Roeger would plead guilty and be sentenced today.

A Hancock Circuit Court case against Roeger is also scheduled to be resolved today. It involves a separate domestic dispute with the same McCordsville victim into whose home Roeger is accused of entering. Roeger is charged in that case with strangulation, a Class D felony, and battery, a misdemeanor.

Given the breadth of the cases against Roeger, a senior special prosecutor, Jim Fleming of Kokomo, was appointed to oversee the cases. Fleming did not return a call seeking comment.

Roeger, who resigned from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department early this year in lieu of being fired, declined to comment.

Two cases against Roeger are still pending.

Shortly after his October arrest, Roeger was accused of violating his no-contact order with the McCordsville woman by contacting her teenage daughter and asking a third party to give the woman items to replace ones he had broken. He is charged with invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, in that case, which is scheduled for a bench trial before Superior Court 1 Judge Terry Snow June 23.

He is also charged in Hamilton County with official misconduct, a Class D felony, and intimidation, a misdemeanor. That case was filed in December after a Noblesville woman Roeger was dating at the same time he was dating the McCordsville woman came forward, according to court records.

The woman said Roeger threatened her after she and the McCordsville woman met one another and confronted Roeger about seeing them both at once.

Roeger responded, “Let’s not forget what things I can use against you that could have drastic effects on your future,” according to court documents that include text message records.

Roeger was referencing his knowledge that the Noblesville woman had recently been pulled over and recorded 0.02 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath test. She was on probation for a prior drunken-driving conviction, and a condition of her probation was that she not drink alcohol, but the officer who pulled her over allowed her to leave with a warning.

Roeger is accused of using a state database to run the women’s criminal history report, which he then turned over to the probation department.

Police officers are prohibited from using state databases for personal reasons.

Roeger’s Hamilton County case is still pending. It was originally scheduled to go to trial today, but the defense asked the court for a continuance. The trial has been reset for May 22.

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