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Roeger gets probation in plea deal


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Scott Roeger (left) and his attorney, Jim McNew, leave the courtroom after finalizing his plea agreements. The former sheriff's deputy received probation. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Scott Roeger (left) and his attorney, Jim McNew, leave the courtroom after finalizing his plea agreements. The former sheriff's deputy received probation. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD — Former Deputy Scott Roeger is required to take anger management classes as part of an agreement in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal mischief Thursday afternoon.

Roeger, 33, was sentenced to one year of probation in a plea agreement that covered all three Hancock County courts and four criminal cases against Roeger.

Three additional felony charges and two misdemeanors against Roeger were dismissed.

Roeger’s legal woes began last October, when a woman he’d been dating told police Roeger entered her home, uninvited, in the middle of the night and flew into a rage when he found another man there.

The criminal mischief charge to which Roeger pleaded guilty Thursday stems from the original case. Additional charges of intimidation, a misdemeanor, and residential entry, a felony, were dismissed.

A second case involving the same victim was filed in the weeks that followed the woman’s initial complaint. The incident occurred the summer before, and a report didn’t reach prosecutors until after Roeger was arrested in October. The woman called police to her home and said Roeger had put his hands around her neck during a fight, but police said she became uncooperative because she didn’t want Roeger to get into trouble or lose his job. Roeger pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in the case Thursday. A felony charge of strangulation was dismissed.

Two additional cases against the former deputy, who resigned in January in lieu of being fired, were dismissed.

One was a misdemeanor invasion of privacy case that was filed after Roeger allegedly contacted the victim through her teenage daughter and others, violating a no-contact order that was established in October.

In Hancock Superior Court 1 Thursday, Special Prosecutor Jim Fleming of Kokomo asked the judge to lift the no-contact order, saying the victim no longer wanted it. The order was lifted, according to court records.

A second case, stemming from a 2009 domestic dispute with Roeger’s ex-wife, was also dismissed. Roeger had been charged with felony battery in the presence of a child after his then-wife accused him of striking her with a lamp during an argument.

One case, filed in Hamilton County, is still outstanding. Roeger is charged with intimidation, a misdemeanor, and official misconduct, a felony, in that case. He is accused of misusing a police database to look up information about a woman he had been dating and using that information to threaten the woman.

Roeger’s attorney, Jim McNew of Greenfield, accompanied him to court on Friday. McNew declined to comment.

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