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Ex-deputy, sheriff's department named in notice of tort claim

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GREENFIELD — Another woman who was once romantically involved with ex-Deputy Scott Roeger is threatening to sue both Roeger and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Meagan Navarro, the victim in a Hamilton County criminal case filed against Roeger late last year, is asking $700,000 in damages for “mental anguish and suffering,” according to a notice of tort claim.

A notice of tort claim is a legal document filed in advance of a lawsuit.

Navarro of Noblesville dated Roeger briefly last year, according to police reports. Roeger is accused of making threats against the woman and looking up her personal information in a state database in order to intimidate her after they stopped seeing one another.

Roeger, who resigned from the sheriff’s department early this year before a termination hearing, is charged in Hamilton County with official misconduct, a Class D felony, and intimidation, a misdemeanor.

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

Navarro’s is the second tort-claim notice filed against Roeger and the county by one of Roeger’s alleged victims in the last month.

Also threatening to sue is Jennifer Wilson-Trattner of McCordsville, Roeger’s ex-girlfriend and the victim in three criminal cases recently filed against the former deputy.

Roeger accepted a plea agreement last week in two of the cases involving Wilson-Trattner, and two additional cases, one involving Wilson-Trattner and one involving Roeger’s ex-wife, were dismissed.

Roeger pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal mischief, both relating to domestic disputes with Wilson-Trattner.

Wilson-Trattner is also asking for $700,000, alleging that Roeger and other members of the sheriff’s department, who are not named, conspired to cover Roeger’s “physical violence … and other illegal conduct.”  

Both women are represented by Curtis Johnson of Shelbyville.

Sheriff Mike Shepherd declined to comment.

Roeger declined to comment.

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