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Locals have mixed reaction to charges against Allen County Sheriff

FORT WAYNE, Ind (Fort Wayne’s NBC)- People had different opinions about Sheriff David Gladieux Thursday.

The Sheriff faces a misdemeanor battery charge. Gladieux and his lawyer reached a pretrial agreement with  Special Prosecuting Attorney, Rodney Cummings. As part of the agreement, Gladieux must make a public apology, complete an alcohol and anger management program and pay a $334 fee.

One Fort Wayne resident, Ryan Patterson said these charges are not strict enough.

“I feel like most people would lose their jobs, no matter what it was, if they worked in any realm: public, private whatever, they would probably lose their job,” Patterson said.

He said he thinks the Sheriff should resign.

“I don’t think so, I think that’s a pretty egregious offense, battery of any kind no matter a misdemeanor or larger it’s pretty big,” Patterson said.

Another resident, Barbara Ross said she thinks the charges are fair and said she thinks he just made a mistake.

“I figured he’d been drinking and there was some kind of altercation,” Ross said.

She says Gladieux has been a good sheriff and should keep his position.

“I think he’s done an okay job as sheriff,” Ross said.

The family of the teen volunteer in this case has supposedly taken action to pursue a civil lawsuit against Gladieux.

Arielle Cadet

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