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Indiana State Police Lengthy Investigation Leads to Arrests –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 13, 2021

Luce Township, Indiana. (ECWd) –


Lengthy Investigation Leads to Arrests

(Spencer County)-In January of 2020, The Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Board of Accounts were asked to investigate former Spencer County Luce Township Trustee Sarah Frederick and Trustee’s Clerk Angela Ward. The allegations against the former Trustee and Clerk included acts of Theft, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct.

When the investigation was completed, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Detective Tony Guinn presented his report to Special Prosecutor Kurt Leinenbach.

On September 9, 2021 the Spencer County Circuit Court issued warrants for Frederick and Ward.

  • On September 10, 2021 Troopers for the Indiana State Police Jasper Post arrested Sarah Frederick on the charges of:
    • Official Misconduct a level 6 Felony-1 count
    • Theft a level 6 Felony-2 counts
    • Theft a class A Misdemeanor-1 count
  • On September 11, 2021 Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post arrested Angela Ward on the charges of:
    • Official Misconduct a level 6 Felony-1 count
    • Obstruction of Justice a level 6 Felony-1 count
    • Theft a level 6 Felony-3 counts
    • Theft Class A Misdemeanor- 1 count

All suspects are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Original Press Release (here).


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  • St. Joe Friday (LAPD Ret.)
    Posted at 13:13h, 13 September Reply

    My opinion: In my experience, female defendants found guilty in these types of cases frequently used the ill-gotten proceeds for such things as jewelry, vacations, down payments on cars, makeup, manicures, pedicures, hair color/cuts, and clothing including…Spanks.

  • Robert O. Bogue
    Posted at 07:35h, 14 September Reply

    ISP Troopers Tony Guinn as well as Jason Fajt, were both involved in another ECWD matter of interest and an investigation into wrong doing.
    This goes back a few years to the Edgar County Airport advisory board member whom was residing and voting in two states AT THE SAME TIME.
    Their findings resulted in charges against J. D. Kessler and a subsequent plea bargain on those charges.
    Both officers exemplified the upmost in professionalism, with hard work, honesty and courage. Many, many thanks to them.

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