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Ex-Ind. chief pleads guilty to pocketing money

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A southwestern Indiana city's former police chief has pleaded guilty to official misconduct for allegedly pocketing federal grant money intended for child safety seats.

Forty-eight-year-old Terry Harrison of Brazil entered his plea Thursday in Vigo Superior Court. Harrison was initially charged with official misconduct and failure to deposit public funds and, but prosecutors would dismiss the second charge if a special judge accepts the plea.

Harrison was arrested in January 2011 after Indiana State Police found that in July 2008 during his tenure as Brazil's police chief, he allegedly received $2,000 in grant money intended for child safety seats.

Police said Harrison allegedly cashed the check but never deposited it into the city's official bank accounts.

Defense attorney Geoffrey Creason tells the Tribune-Star Harrison has already paid restitution.

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