Putnam County Sheriff’s son accused of lying under oath

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett announced the filing of three federal charges against Putnam County Reserve Officer Andrew Fenwick.

Fenwick is the son of Putnam County Sheriff Steve Fenwick. He faces three charges of lying under oath the Grand Jury.

These charges are related to other charges filed against Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Joe “TJ” Smith. Smith was charged in March for using excessive force to arrest people in four separate cases. Prosecutors say Fenwick was a witness to at least two accounts and lied about his involvement and what he saw.

Hogsett says Fenwick lied three times in the respect to:

1. The degree to which Fenwick used force to assist Smith in the apprehension of an individual near Moore’s Bar on Nov. 6, 2011.

2. Whether Fenwick had seen a police report prepared by Smith concerning Smith’s use of force against another individual at the Cloverdale Truck Stop on Dec. 28, 2013.

3. Whether the victim of Smith’s use of force at the Cloverdale Truck Stop had struck Fenwick with a closed fist before Smith used physical force against this individual.

Fenwick has an initial court appearance at 3 p.m. Tuesday. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison and $1,250,000 in fines.

Smith’s case is set to go to trial April 28, 2014.


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