FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — New details have been released in the alleged case of misconduct involving the Allen County Sheriff and a teenage volunteer at the Three Rivers Festival.
According to court documents, a teenage volunteer at the Three Rivers Festival was working in the “Hospitality/VIP” area of the park around 10:30 p.m. on July 16.
Portable restrooms in the area had been closed down for the evening, using a temporary fence and closed sign, when the volunteer said he saw two men walking towards the restrooms. The volunteer said he noticed the fence had been moved and saw a man exit one of the restrooms.
The volunteer said he did not recognize the man, later identified as Sheriff David Gladieux, and asked to see his badge, referring to the VIP badge used to gain access to the area.
He said as he asked to see the badge, Gladieux allegedly said “I’m the Sheriff, move out of my way.”
Gladieux allegedly continued to walk towards the teen, and he held out his hands and again asked to see his badge. He said Gladieux briefly held up the badge that he was wearing around his neck as he walked towards him.
The teen said he couldn’t read the badge, and as Gladieux approached him, he said the Sheriff pushed him and he fell back on the temporary fence and struck a metal stake, causing redness and soreness to his back.
He then contacted officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) who were working the festival about the incident.
FWPD spoke to Gladieux about the incident two days later, on July 18, and he acknowledged the restrooms were closed but proceeded to them anyways.
Gladieux said when he exited the restrooms, the teen confronted him but Gladieux said he did not see any credentials that indicated he was a volunteer. He said he was continually questioned by the volunteer, and he told the him that he was already done and was leaving the area.
The sheriff said the teen then placed his hands on his chest to stop him from leaving the area as he continued to walk forward. Documents say Gladieux stated he “used both of his hands in an upward sweeping motion, striking the juvenile victim’s hands/arms, at which time the juvenile victim fell backwards onto and over the temporary fence.”
Gladieux said he continued walking out of the area and returned to his group of friends by the stage.
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