Former Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer is set to appear in court for the first time in early September.
Gayer was indicted this week on seven felony and misdemeanor counts of Theft, Obstruction of Justice, and Deception, among others. He was booked into the Marshall County Jail earlier this week, but posted bond in the amount of $1,500 and was released.
The exact nature of the circumstances constituting the criminal charges has not been released by authorities or prosecuting attorneys at this time. Gayer’s arrest, however, follows a 12-month Indiana State Police investigation and parallel State Board of Accounts audit.
According to the Pulaski County Clerk’s office, Gayer is scheduled for an initial appearance on Tuesday, September 6th in Pulaski County Superior Court. Due to possible conflicts of interest, Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman has been appointed as special prosecutor in the case.
14 witnesses testified to the grand jury on Monday and Tuesday, and according to the Pulaski County Clerk’s office, Judge Michael Shurn will preside in the Superior Court over the initial hearing, not Superior Court Judge Patrick Blankenship.
Gayer’s Chief Deputy, Ronnie Patrick – who was also charged with 11 felony and misdemeanor counts – was also arrested this week and booked into the Marshall County Jail. He posted bond and was released. No court date has been set at this time for Patrick.