A Porter County
Sheriff’s Police officer was terminated from the PCSP last week after being
accused earlier this month of exposing himself to a woman in the Pleasant
Valley Mobile Home Community, the PCSP reported after deadline on Monday.
Morris, 24, of 778 N. Old Suman Road in Jackson Township, was charged on
Friday afternoon with public indecency, four counts.
According to the
PCSP, on the afternoon of Thursday, June 7, officers were dispatched to
Pleasant Valley after a woman reported that a male subject had exposed
himself to her while asking for directions. The woman was able to provide
officers both with license plate information and a description of the
suspect, and on responding to the suspect’s residence in Jackson Township
they observed a PCSP squad car in the driveway as well as the suspect
vehicle, police said.
At that point
officers recognized that the suspect shared a name with a PCSP officer and
requested that officer’s road supervisor to respond, the PCSP said. They
then made contact with Morris, who advised that “he was the only one (who)
had driven the suspect vehicle in question that day.”
subsequently interviewed by detectives, who “determined (that) he was
involved in the Pleasant Valley incident” and may also be connected “to
other incidents throughout the county,” the PCSP said.
itself was then handed over to the Valparaiso Police Department.
The PCSP emphasized
today that “the incident took place while the officer was off duty in his
own personal vehicle, making no mention of affiliation or his position or
place of employment during the incident.”
On the morning of
Friday, June 15, Morris was called to the PCSP station to meet with the
Administrative Command Staff, who “immediately relieved him of his position
and terminated” him, the PCSP said.
Later in the day on
Friday, Morris was formally charged with four counts of public indecency.
served, from August 2016 until January 2018, as an officer at the Porter
County Jail. On Jan. 18, he was officially sworn in as a Probationary Patrol
Officer. “Per our merit rules, ‘A probationary Police Officer is a person
employed as an Officer who has probationary status during the first year of
employment,” the PCSP said. “Probationary officers may be discharged at any
time during their probationary period.”
Public indecency is
an Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a term of up to a year in jail.