Sheriff’s deputy faces harassment charges



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Jake K. Smith, 27, a Hancock County sherrif's deputy and K9 handler, has been on paid suspension since Feb. 2. On Friday, two misdemeanor counts of harassment and intimidation and one count of official misconduct as a Class D felony were filed against him in Hancock Superior Court. (Photo provided)


GREENFIELD — A sheriff’s deputy faces criminal charges amid allegations he sent his ex-girlfriend thousands of harassing text messages and threatened to kill her if she didn’t take him back.

Jake K. Smith, 27, has been on paid suspension since Feb. 2 pending the outcome of an internal investigation at the department. He now faces two misdemeanors and one felony charge, as well as termination from the job he’s had for three years.

The Hancock County prosecutor’s office filed two misdemeanor counts of harassment and intimidation Friday in Hancock Superior Court 1.

A third count, official misconduct as a Class D felony, was included because Smith was on duty during at least two of the harassing calls, court documents state.

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