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Special prosecutor says he'll announce decision in Sparks investigation on January 14

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The investigation into unknown criminal allegations against Lyons Town Marshal Ron Sparks continues, according to special prosecutor Barry Brown.

Brown, who had hoped to have the investigation wrapped up before the end of December, announced Wednesday morning he will have a decision by mid-January of whether to file charges against Sparks.

The delay in the investigation, according to Brown, has been in part because he has had to deal with what he called a "family health issue out of state" that has consumed time around the holidays.

"I plan to be in Bloomfield on the (Jan.) 14th with a decision," Brown told the Greene County Daily World.

The former Monroe County Prosecutor says he's been very busy with more than 35 pending special prosecutor matters, some as investigations and others as pending cases, and travels across much of southeastern, central and southern Indiana in 12 or more jurisdictions.

"I work as steadfastly as possible, but I never want to rush into a decision without a thorough inquiry," Brown added.

Brown was named special prosecutor by Greene Circuit Court Judge Erik Allen in mid-November after Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw made the request.

The nature of the investigation remains a mystery with no specific details of the nature of the allegations in the court document or discussed by the special prosecutor.

Brown said Indiana State Police Det. Brian Smith, assigned to the Bloomington Post, is the lead investigator in the case.

In his order on Nov. 15 appointing Brown to the case, Judge Allen noted that the length of the appointment will be "sufficient to fully investigate the matter and prosecute the case, if offenses are charged."

The Lyons Town Council meet in an executive session Nov. 27 to discuss the alleged "misconduct" against the town marshal, but no public action has been taken in a public meeting.

Sparks, whom the town has employed since Oct. 14, 2004, remains on duty.


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Does anyone know what Ron allegedly did?

-- Posted by telle man on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 3:43 PM

Everyone knows!!

Everyone will find out on Jan 14 it sounds like

-- Posted by blacknwhite on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 5:09 PM

Apparently not everyone DOES know.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 6:57 PM

If they are delaying the announcement, my opinion would be that they are not pressing charges and unfounded the allegations.... Otherwise, they would do it now and get it over with, just saying. Again, it's one of their own, unfounded and un-substantiated, therefore, no charges will be filed!! Mark my words!!!

-- Posted by Zinkos on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 7:46 PM

As a former investigator myself, the fact that a "special prosecutor" has been utilized is a good thing. It does sometimes take longer to do a thorough investigation by an "outside" prosecutor and ISP investigator, simply because of travel, unfamiliarity with the locale, etc. I would trust the special prosecutor to uncover the details of the charges, and to act on them with strict impartiality, something that would be difficult to do for the local officers. That it is taking more time than some think it should is of no consequence to the special prosecutor, as it is his job to do a complete investigation regardless of the time frame! Trust the special prosecutor to complete his task!

-- Posted by Justin Olfeller on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 9:01 AM

if he did do whatever it is ?what will he get a month payed leave...thats what they do in linton...

-- Posted by willam* on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 12:12 AM

quote from gcdailyworld article written on Dec 6th this quote is from Prosecutor Barry Brown... "I have very little information and I am beginning to launch my investigation," Brown stated. "In 10 days to two weeks we'll have some kind of decision. It's not a terribly complicated case in terms of the facts, so it is something I should be able to work out soon."

2 weeks has turned into possibly 2 months?? it will be 1 month tomarrow so...

-- Posted by lillymae on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 10:19 AM

lulu54,

Why do you say one thing, and then say something completely contradicting that a few weeks later? Have you changed your mind, or are you confused?

-- Posted by 0123 on Mon, Jan 7, 2013, at 12:29 AM


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