Friday, August 03, 2001

Two Boone deputies suspended

Action stems from fight at Indiana strip joint

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Two Boone County sheriff's deputies were suspended for a month after being arrested on charges of public intoxication outside an Indiana strip club.

        Jason C. Compton, 25, of Hebron and Devon A. Younger, 23, of Burlington were suspended without pay for 30 days and placed on administrative probation for one year. Both have served their suspension and have returned to duty.

        The two off-duty deputies were allegedly fighting with a group of people outside Concepts Gentleman's Club — billed as the only show bar in Lawrenceburg — at 2 a.m. June 9.

        “They, like other citizens, have a right to reasonably protect themselves against personal attack,” said Lt. Jack Banks, spokesman for the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

        “However, the officers' actions were deemed inappropriate and reflected discredit upon their agencies.”

        Lt. Banks, whose department investigated the incident, described the scuffle as follows:

        The two were leaving the bar separately when one was attacked by four other patrons of the establishment. The other deputy tried to separate the attackers from his colleague. When Lawrenceburg police arrived, officers arrested every participant in the fight on alcohol-related offenses.

        This is the first time disciplinary actions were taken against either officer, Lt. Banks said. He said the two were with a designated driver who had not consumed any alcoholic beverages.

        Dearborn County court records say both men smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, and that Mr. Wyatt had slurred speech. The arresting officer wrote in his report that the two were disorderly, loud and belligerent after being asked not to yell.

        Both were released from Dearborn County jail after each posted $500 bail. Each is charged with public intoxication and scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing Aug. 29 at the Dearborn County Courthouse.

        “In no way did the officers attempt to use their positions to interfere with the Lawrenceburg police investigation,” Lt. Banks said.


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