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Terry Austin
Terry Austin

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield police officer who was recently arrested on bribery charges is in trouble again – this time after allegations he offered two women money for sex.

Terry Austin, an 18-year veteran of the Greenfield Police Department, has been suspended without pay since early April. During an internal investigation into the original charges, an investigator found what he considered incriminating text messages between Austin and two women.

According to charging documents filed Wednesday in Hancock Circuit Court, Austin solicited sex for himself and a friend from two female acquaintances.

The friend was a fellow police officer from Florida who was in town visiting family when the texts were sent in January, court documents state.

“My buddy’s got 200.00” Austin texted to one of the women before propositioning her for sex, according to court documents.

The woman later replied, “Are you coming tonight? I have … lots of debt.”

Austin offered a second woman $100 to have sex with him and another $100 to have sex with his friend, court documents state.

An Indiana State Police investigator interviewed one of the women, who provided her address during the text conversation with Austin.

She told police she met Austin on an online dating site and thought he was joking around with her during the conversation in January. She said the sexual encounter with the men never happened, according to court records.

Austin was charged Wednesday with promoting prostitution, a Class C felony.

That’s on top of his original charges, which stem from allegations he offered fellow officers a $200 steak dinner to pull over his ex-wife and tow her car.

Austin is charged with bribery, a Class C felony, and official misconduct, a Class D felony, in that case and was due to return to court Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing.

After the original case was filed, the Greenfield Board of Works and Public Safety suspended Austin without pay but allowed him to keep his benefits. His take-home police car, badge and department-issued firearm were also taken away at the time.

Austin had not been arrested at press time.

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