Sheriff: We didn’t know about warrants deputy had

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Marion County Sheriff John Layton is speaking out about why it took so long to fire a deputy who had outstanding warrants out of state.

Arnold Rachel is accused of giving false information on a federal firearms purchase form in January. I – Team 8 discovered Rachel, 56, was wanted on two other arrest warrants for nearly a decade while he was employed as a deputy.

Those warrants were filed in Boston in 2004 for misdemeanors of driving without insurance and driving with suspended registration. Despite those active warrants, Rachel wasn’t fired from his job until last month. Sheriff Layton says Boston officials didn’t put the warrants into a national database that they search. He says his department can’t act on something they don’t know about.

“Boston didn’t really want him back, they didn’t want us to arrest him. You know, I can almost understand that on misdemeanor or if what he is accused of is actually just an infraction. It’s a non-moving violation,” explained Sheriff Layton.

He also said that it’s concerning, but sometimes there is a communication breakdown between law enforcement entities.

When the department found out about the warrants, Sheriff Layton said they took quick drastic action by firing Rachel. The Sheriff tells I -Team 8 every employee goes through a background check.

Rachel’s court date for the local charge is in June. Messages I -Team 8 left with Rachel’s attorney were still not returned Friday. 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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