Melissa A. Conrad
Former Rushville Police Department and DARE officer Cale H. Worley changed his plea Wednesday morning to guilty for official misconduct.
For sentencing, the parties agreed to a judgment of conviction entered as a Class A Misdemeanor; one year in the Rush County jail, all suspended except time served; $1,000 fine, all suspended except $100; court costs; 12 months formal probation; and other fees.
Worley was represented by Rushville attorney Paul Barada Jr.
In addition, Worley agreed to permanently forfeit and surrender all law enforcement and emergency medical service/technician credentials and certifications.
Worley, who served as the DARE officer with Rush County Schools, resigned from the RPD in August after Indiana State Police began their investigation of his activities following local reports and an internal investigation by the RPD.
Both charges stemmed from an alleged relationship between Worley and a 15-year-old juvenile. Due to her age, the identity of the teenager is not being released.
According to court documents, the juvenile involved stated to investigators that she would Facebook message and text message with Worley, and that Worley had given her his cell phone number. The teen further stated that she met with Worley after curfew behind Whitefelt in early March, 2012, met him behind the local middle school, and drove around in Worley’s patrol car with him.
She stated she met him at these places so no one at her home would know of the meetings and that she talked to Worley about her sex life and other topics.
She specifically recalled an incident March 28, 2012, between 1 and 2 a.m., where Worley picked her up in his patrol vehicle and took her to the middle school. Worley was on duty and in full police uniform that night. The teen was on juvenile probation at the time, it was well after curfew, and her family did not know that she was out of the home, the court documents note.
Being out past curfew and being away from home without permission are both juvenile delinquency offenses.
The teen said that her relationship with Worley ended after this incident.
The Rushville Police Department has standard operating procedures, including radio logging to dispatch any contact with juveniles after curfew. RPD radio logs show that Worley never called in any of these meetings, nor made any reports.
The Rushville Police Department confirmed that Worley possessed a key to the loading dock door of the middle school. Since the events of March 28, 2012, occurred months before the investigation began, video evidence from the BRMS surveillance system no longer existed.
The D.A.R.E. program was restarted with Rush County Schools by the RPD in July, 2010 with Worley as the officer in charge. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and teaches school-age children and teens how to resist peer pressure, make good decisions, and avoid drugs, gangs and violence.
Rushville was one of the first departments in Indiana to become involved with the program in the 1980s.
Worley joined the RPD in May, 2008 after serving as a reserve officer since January 2007.
Contact: Melissa Conrad @ 765.932.2222 x107