Jennings County commissioner faces criminal charges

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NORTH VERNON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana county commissioner faces criminal charges accusing him of having a county highway worker deliver a 14-ton load of sand to his church.

Jennings County commissioner Robert Willhite tells The Republic that he’s not guilty of the felony charges of theft and official misconduct.

Court documents say Willhite had the sand delivered in August to the United Christian Church, where he is board chairman. The documents say Willhite told police the county had delivered gravel and sand to other organizations, and that he didn’t know the church hadn’t been billed.

The county prosecutor says the sand was valued at $262 but that Willhite misused county employees, equipment and materials.

Willhite is a Republican who’s been a county commissioner for 16 of the past 18 years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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