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Sheriff Gladieux avoids court appearance after special judge approves request

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux will no longer have to appear for his initial court hearing after a special judge accepted his request.

Additionally, the judge accepted the pre-trial diversion agreement on Thursday, but on Friday, the judge said the document was incomplete.

He ordered both sides to review the agreement, fix whatever was wrong and then will allow them to resubmit it.

It’s not clear what portions of the agreement were incomplete. Fort Wayne’s NBC has reached out to Gladieux’s attorney for clarification.

As Fort Wayne’s NBC has extensively reported, Gladieux reached a pre-trial agreement with Special Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.

The agreement had required Gladieux to pay a $334 fee, complete alcohol and anger management programs and make a public apology.

If Gladieux completed the terms of the agreement, a misdemeanor battery charge will be dismissed. Gladieux denies the battery allegation.

This story began during the Three Rivers Festival in July.

An investigator for the Indiana State Police says Gladieux moved a fence so he could use a portable restroom at Headwaters Park, prompting a 15-year old male TRF volunteer to approach and ask if he had a badge permitting him to be in the closed-off area.

Court documents say Sheriff Gladieux– who was with friends at the festival that night and was drinking– eventually pushed the boy down, and that he injured his lower back when he fell on a metal stake holding up a tent.

The sheriff claims the boy put his hands on him first, but Gladieux released a statement saying, “In retrospect, I believe that I could and should have handled the entirety of the situation with more professionalism. For that, I am deeply sorry.”

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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