Probation officer for murder suspect resigns

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 24-Hour News 8 has learned the probation officer overseeing 16-year-old Simeon Adams has resigned.

Adams is charged with killing 24-year-old Nathan Trapuzzano on April 1. Prosecutors say he’s also suspected in a March 30 aggravated assault case.

Court Administrator Andrea Newsom said she could confirm Tracy McDonald, a juvenile probation officer, had resigned. She could not discuss why, or confirm what cases he’d worked on. She said he’d been employed with the Court since 1994.

Court documents obtained by 24-Hour News 8 show McDonald was the probation officer assigned to Simeon Adams.

The documents also reveal more about Adams’ past. He’d recently moved to Indianapolis from Texas.

He was arrested in April of 2013 on burglary and theft charges, among others. Those charges were dismissed when the victim failed to show up.

In October, Adams was charged with a misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and placed on probation.

In December of 2013, he was arrested for auto theft, carrying a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana, and fleeing.

The handgun and marijuana charges were dropped, but Adams was charged with auto theft and fleeing police.

Documents show he was in the Juvenile Center from December through February 10 of 2014.

After that, he was placed on probation, and home confinement.

Community Adjustment Officers who go out, and check on juveniles on probation, did not find Adams nine times, from Feb. 11 through March 4.

Documents show during that time, Adams also was suspended from school for several days.

The Community Adjustment Officers report their findings to the probation officer.

Juvenile Judge Marilyn Moores said she couldn’t comment on the probation officer’s resignation.

She said probation officers are asked to report a violation if it happens three times.

“We have policies in place, so that we can, when we think someone is not abiding by the court orders , that we can be timely notified so that we can take action. And that didn’t happen in this case,” said Moores.

Documents show probation set a hearing for April 7 for Adams, and did not choose immediate detention in March, when a violation was reported.

“I don’t know what would have happened had he come for the hearing, and we could have looked at it. But, from my perspective, I have expectations that when there are policies in place, that they be followed. And when they’re not followed, I believe that that’s a system failure. I don’t think that one can draw conclusions from that, that because there was a system failure, other actions occurred. But I’m very disappointed and upset about what happened in this case,” said Moores.

When stopping by McDonald’s home, he said he had no comment. When asked if he felt he was forced out, he answered yes.

24-Hour News 8 put in numerous calls to Marion County Probation officials, that were not returned Friday evening.

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