The Journal Gazette
Thursday, August 29, 2019 1:00 am

Probe ongoing of sheriff, teen in TRF incident

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

More than a month has passed since something happened at the Three Rivers Festival. 

A 15-year-old boy “fell backwards onto a PVC pipe and something else” at Headwaters Park East about 11 p.m. July 16, according to a Fort Wayne Police Department report. Investigators have said Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux was involved, and the report lists him as the suspect. 

Since then, a special prosecutor – Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings – was appointed and those close to the investigation have said little. 

Cummings said last month he asked state police to interview witnesses and the investigation would take “at least a month.” Last week, he said nothing would be released until at least next week at the earliest. 

He did not return messages left Wednesday at his office in Anderson. 

Gladieux has not been charged with a crime, and he and local prosecutors have declined to comment. 

Officers called to the park for a disturbance found the boy with “a red mark on his right flank area,” the report said.

Anthony Churchward, Gladieux's lawyer, said Wednesday he has been in contact with the special prosecutor. Asked whether Gladieux has been interviewed by Cummings, Churchward said he could not comment. 

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